It may not be long until people see the Indians part with their franchise player, shortstop Francisco Lindor. The Indians have educated clubs which have chased Lindor they want their own”best and final offers in order that they can conduct an evaluation on the weekend,” Ken Rosenthal of The Sport writes (subscription link).
The Indians do not need to give the 26-year-old Lindor, who has two seasons’ hands abandoned, but his worth surely sky-high at the moment. Additionally, having exchanged right-hander and fellow franchise superstar Corey Kluber into Texas a week, the small-market Indians might be moving toward a reconstruct. Even the Indians’ roster still appears better than average without Kluber, but believing they are not likely to expand Lindor before he is supposed to reach free service in a few years, management may opt to choose the greatest possible deal today at the cost of their near-term opportunities.
So far this offseason, the Dodgers, Padres and Reds are closely connected to Lindor from the rumor mill. The Mets also showed interest in him, but they have drifted to the background due to Cleveland’s exorbitant asking price for Lindor, Rosenthal reports. Though Lindor’s team command is evaporating and he will create a projected $16.7MM in 2020, it is clear the Indians are demanding an important return . After all, he is a four-time All-Star, among those faces of baseball along with somebody who has slashed. 288/. 347/. 493 with 130 home runs, 93 stolen bases and 27.2 fWAR because his career started in 2015.