May 12, 2021

After assessing trade market, Indians optimistic SS Francisco Lindor will open 2020 in Cleveland (ESPN)


CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor‘s status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded.

Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he’s more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland’s lineup to start the season after the Indians didn’t receive a trade proposal to their liking over the past few weeks.

Antonetti did not disclose specifics about what has been offered for Lindor, a four-time All-Star and one of baseball’s best all-around players. Cleveland has him under contract through the 2021 season, but the Indians have been unsuccessful in their attempts to sign him to a long-term deal. There appears to be little chance he will re-sign. Offseason rumors much of the winter connected Lindor to the Dodgers, Reds and Padres, among other teams.

Antonetti believes Lindor will be around for at least a little while. “I still have every expectation that Francisco will be our shortstop Opening Day,” Antonetti said on a conference call. “I’m more confident today in saying that, as more of the offseason has passed. But that’s still our expectation.”

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