On Saturday, it got even more confusing.
The four-time All-Star shortstop, who has been the subject of trade rumors because Cleveland will probably never be able to offer him a long-term contract close to what he may one day get as a free agent, made some contradictory comments while discussing his curious situation.
Lindor, 26, said he would love to stay in Cleveland, calling it “a home.” But he also said the Indians have not made him the “right thing” to this point, and he questioned whether the club would ever be positioned to come up with the kind of money needed to keep him.
And while discussing other massive, multiyear contracts around baseball, he mentioned wanting a $500 million contract — “anybody wants that,” he said — before saying finances aren’t a factor.
“I’m not money-driven. I’m championship-driven,” Lindor said during a break at Tribefest, the Indians’ annual winter warm-up for fans. “That’s what I want. I want to win. Wherever I go, I want to win. I want to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland. This is what I want to do. That’s my mission. I’m here today and I want to win for…