Dodgers, Indians Remain in Serious Trade Talks for Francisco Lindor
The Dodgers and Indians “continue to be engaged in serious trade talks” regarding all-star shortstop Francisco Lindor, according to Bob Nightengale.
The Indians are seeking a package that includes top prospects Gavin Lux and Dustin May.
The Los Angeles #Dodgers and Cleveland #Indians continue to be engaged in serious trade talks for Cleveland All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, with Cleveland seeking a package of Dodgers prospects including Gavin Lux and Dustin May.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2019
Lindor, who turned 26 last month, is one of the best and most exciting players in baseball. He is a career .288/.347/.493 hitter with a 119 wRC+ and 27.2 wins above replacement over 717 games.
He is projected to make $16.7 million in arbitration this season and has one more year of arbitration left, making him a free agent in 2022.
The cost for Lindor won’t be cheap, as Nightengale reported. It was previously said that the Dodgers have been turning away teams who are interested in Lux. Soon after Cleveland was reportedly hesitant to move Lindor.
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Nevertheless, it’s hard to believe the Dodgers would be willing to meet that price, but if they do, they might request the Indians include a pitcher in the deal, such as Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber, or Aaron Civale.
If the Dodgers do acquire Lindor, it would make sense for them to move Corey Seager to third base, with Justin Turner at first base and Max Muncy at second base.