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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Cleveland Indians, Dominic Smith, New York Mets
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The blockbuster deal.

Alright, I don’t see it happening, but here it is. The deal where the Cleveland Indians somehow manage to land Dominic Smith. After receiving MVP votes during the 2020 season, it seems unlikely that Smith would be dealt. However, that might be the price the Mets have to pay if they want Francisco Lindor.

During the 2020 season Smith slashed an impressive .316/.377/.616 with 10 home runs and 42 RBI. The catch was that he also struck out 45 times and his position flexibility isn’t exactly great. Odds are, he would have to play first in Cleveland. What could balance that out though beyond just his play is his contract. Smith’s final year of arbitration won’t be until the 2024 season, giving up to four seasons of cheap play to the Indians.

As for Cleveland, they have to add Bradley Zimmer to the deal to sweeten the offer. Zimmer has shown flashes, but his injury history could make him the odd man out in a crowded outfield entering the 2020 season. The Indians also get Gimenez in this deal as well to add to the infield mix for the time being.

All-in-all, the Indians additionally give up Zimmer to land a potential emerging star in Smith.

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