Cleveland Indians: 3 favorites to get Francisco Lindor after Winter Meetings

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Lourdes Gurriel, Cleveland Indians
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays were almost immediately mentioned in the Francisco Lindor talk as soon as the Winter Meetings were underway. Not only did they emerge as a potential trade partner, but there’s a lot to like about the possibility of this team as well as a lot of reason for why it could happen.

For starters, the Blue Jays have the assets to interest the Cleveland Indians in a deal. The main player that has been rumored to be included would be outfielder Lourdes Gurriel, who served as the base for all three potential packages we put together earlier this week.

In addition to Gurriel, the Blue Jays have a deep farm system and young roster to include in the offer to sweeten the deal. Whether it be a young player that becomes expendable with Lindor, like Cavan Biggio or even Bo Bichette, or a different prospect, there’s plenty of options for the Indians to explore.

Another plus for the Indians is the familiarity with the Blue Jays. Mark Shapiro and the Indians’ brass know each other well which could make negotiations easier than with other teams. Given all the circumstances, it seems like the Blue Jays are the current favorite to land Lindor, but that can change quickly.