Is Indians SS Francisco Lindor Set to Wear Dodger Blue in Los Angeles in 2021?

Matt Loede

To say that 2020 has been a strange year for Indians superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor would be an understatement.

From being the focus of all of baseball at the MLB Winter Meetings last December, to answering questions all spring training in Arizona about either coming back to the Indians or being traded, Lindor clearly looks like he's playing distracted this season.

The 26-year-old got off to a very slow start in the shortened 60-game slate, but after Tuesday's game in which he hit a two-run homer to put the Indians up 5-3 at one point, he's hitting .287 with seven homers and 19 RBI.

Despite the numbers being at or near normal for Lindor, there have been a number of moments that have had fans scratching their heads, like the bonehead base running mistake in Monday's win over the Royals.

Lindor started the inning with a hit, and then when Carlos Santana hit one into the gap, Royals Adalberto Mondesi pretended to be turning a double play as Lindor got to second.

Duped, Lindor then strolled to third - but in the process didn't touch second base, and was out on the appeal by the Royals.

Report: Indians and Dodgers Continue Talks About Francisco Lindor

It's those types of plays that have Tribe fans truly wondering if Lindor is playing with his mind on other things - like this offseason when the Indians are again very likely to put him on the market for a deal.

Last season one team whose name kept popping up, and very much will again this offseason is that of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who some feel are truly the best team in baseball in 2020.

The Dodgers had a lot of interest in Lindor during the last offseason, but when the Indians kept upping their demands, Los Angeles finally turned their focus to Boston outfielder Mookie Betts, who is hitting .310 with 13 homers and 32 RBI and got a massive extension from Los Angeles during the season.

Los Angeles is a market that can afford to pay Lindor despite paying Betts, and if they want Lindor they can dangle players at the Tribe knowing they have a big deal in hand when Lindor puts on Dodger blue.

As has been pointed out, Corey Seager is already a pretty good shortstop for the Dodgers, but there's been rumblings that the team may want to move him eventually to third, and that would make sense if Lindor joins the Dodgers.

Seager is another upcoming free agent, set to hit the market in 2021, so while the Dodgers would want to keep him, they might let him walk if they can strike a deal with the Indians for Lindor.

One player that the Indians still have their eyes on from the Dodgers reportedly is infielder Gavin Lux. The 22-year-old was a Dodgers first-round pick in 2016, but has struggled at the plate in 2020, hitting just .219 in nine games. 

He was even sent to the team's alternate training site at one point in this shortened 60-game season.

How Different is a Future with Francisco Lindor?

The big question with Lindor is what will the Dodgers be willing to give up, and will it be enough to satisfy the Indians to make the deal this time around?

Time is running out as Lindor is only beholden to the Indians for another season, and all indications are unless something drastic happens, his time in Cleveland is drawing towards a close. 

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meetmeinthedesertA1
meetmeinthedesertA1

Decisions worth more than one million dollars is between Antonetti and Dolan. In a way there should be more trust than there is between fans and ownership who is willing to make moves at times. In the end Im sure the owners would like to keep Frankie who is a great teamate. Sorry sports writers, theres no predicting this one. Jeff - out.

Wildcat75
Wildcat75

And with Lindor I agree they should have traded him year ago your not getting alot for him it's to late..

Wildcat75
Wildcat75

Been Indians fan since 64 and it's sad where this team is heading.If there pitching goes in a funk they cant win a game get some hitting!!!

Indiansfanforever
Indiansfanforever

Lindor, to me has that look about him that LeBron James had a few games before he left for Miami. He like Lindor knows what going to happen. In other words a lame duck player. He is in no way worth that big money he wants. Hopefully the Tribe gets a nice haul for him this winter. Need to do something cause the offense we have now, unless it changes in the next couple of days, is pathetic. If the Tribe makes the playoffs I don't see them getting thru the 1st round. Hope I'm dead wrong but the old saying good pitching stops good hitting. The Indians will see good pitching in the playoffs, again if they make it, and opposing pitching will stop the pathetic hitting they have. Again rooting for them to do it all but I've been a Cleveland fan too long.

Richard77
Richard77

I've said from the start they should have traded him last off season for the best offer they could get. Whatever they get this winter won't be nearly as good as what they could have got for him last year. I hope I'm wrong, but I think we will be underwhelmed with what ever they get.


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