MLB Trade Rumors: 4 Potential Landing Spots For Francisco Lindor

Tim Kelly
October 29, 2019 - 10:30 am

Since the start of the 2015 season, FanGraphs says that Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has been the seventh most valuable player in all of baseball. Lindor is still just 25, and there's reason to think he could be had on the trade market this offseason, making his future one of the most intriguing storylines of the offseason.

The four-time All-Star can't become a free-agent until after 2021, though Indians owner and CEO Paul Dolan sounded pessimistic about the team's chances of retaining Lindor past then earlier this year. The Indians, per Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, did attempt to sign Lindor to a deal in the neighborhood of $100 million before the 2017 season. He didn't agree to that deal, which seems smart considering that early expectations are that he could ultimately sign for over $300 million after 2021.

Barring a significantly larger financial commitment from Indians ownership, Lindor's long-term future doesn't appear to be in Cleveland. That doesn't mean they need to trade him this offseason, but it may behoove them to weigh that possibility to maximize the trade return.

In any event, the Indians are likely to get aggressive calls on Lindor this winter. Here's four potential suitors: