Cleveland Indians: 3 possible Francisco Lindor trades to New York Mets

Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians
Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Indians add immediate help

If the New York Mets are trading for Francisco Lindor, then it will be rather difficult for the Cleveland Indians to pry away any of their top tier major league players. Those players will be key in the team’s success, so parting with them doesn’t make much sense. Luckily, Brandon Nimmo and Andres Gimenez are expendable enough to make the deal happen.

The name that Tribe fans want to see out of the Mets is Dominic Smith, but the odds of that are slim. Smith has plenty of years left of arbitration and just isn’t a piece that New York will want to part with. However, his outburst makes moving Nimmo seem less strenuous to the team.

Nimmo has taken a bit longer to adapt to the majors than he was expected to, but that could fit perfectly into this new plan the Indians are using that resembles the Rays. This past season was one of his best yet statistically, but he was overshadowed by Smith. He could easily solidify another outfield position for Cleveland, covering a big need.

As for Gimenez, he only debuted this past year but showed promise. As a utility infielder, he appeared in 49 games and was able to slash .263/.333/.398 while tallying three home runs and eight stolen bases.

In the long-run he would probably turn into a Mike Aviles, Mike Freeman type do-it-all player for the Tribe, but in the short-term he could cover second or short while prospects like Gabriel Arias and Tyler Freeman progress through the minors.