May 16, 2021

Rosenthal: Why it makes sense for the Indians to trade Francisco Lindor sooner rather than later (The Athletic)


Francisco Lindor is under club control for two more seasons, giving the Indians four windows to trade him – this offseason, at the deadline, next offseason, at the 2021 deadline. 

But in reality, the Indians might want to act as soon as possible.

Club officials would never admit such a thing and compromise their leverage. But one year from now, if the Indians keep Lindor, they will face the same obstacles trading their All-Star shortstop that the Red Sox currently face with right fielder Mookie Betts: One remaining year of control. A salary through arbitration that likely will exceed $25 million. And little to no chance of signing him long-term.

Once Gerrit Cole’s free-agent contract is finalized – whether it’s for $280 million, $300 million or an even more astronomical number – the Red Sox’s chances of retaining Betts will be even lower than they are now.

Free agency is back, at least for elite players, and the possibility of Betts…

Read “Rosenthal: Why it makes sense for the Indians to trade Francisco Lindor sooner rather than later” at The Athletic