When a team wins 106 games in the regular season, you don’t typically hear people clamoring for them to make a blockbuster move in the offseason. On the other hand, when you’re the undisputed favorite to win your respective league and proceed to lose in the first round of the playoffs and come up short in nearly every season of the current decade, management has to do something. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, that something is acquiring shortstop Francisco Lindor from the Cleveland Indians.
The recurring buzz surrounding the Indians the past year has been that they could trade Lindor this offseason, as he’s now two years away from free agency, and the organization isn’t likely to re-sign him. This should be music to president Andrew Friedman’s ears.
Lindor is arguably the best shortstop in Major League Baseball. In the field, he’s a sight to behold. He fields groundballs in the hole and off his backhand, has a cannon for an arm, and turns double plays with ease. Lindor’s defensive arsenal would potentially be enough for him to reel in an eight figure per year contract even if he posed little to no threat in the batter’s box.
However, he’s far from a minuscule…