September 17, 2021

Bowden: Exploring three potential trade possibilities for Francisco Lindor (The Athletic)

Cleveland Indians general manager Mike Chernoff told MLB Network Radio last week when asked about star shortstop Francisco Lindor: “We are interested in keeping Frankie with the Indians as long as we can. … But I don’t know if we could potentially extend him or how much of the payroll that would eat up.” Well, I can help him out. Lindor’s going to get a contract in the range of Manny Machado’s (10 years, $300 million) and Bryce Harper’s (13 years, $330 million). Chernoff can expect a minimum of $30 million per year starting in the 2022 season. I am expecting the Indians’ payroll to be approximately $120 million in 2022, which means it will eat up 25 percent of it.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s go back and remember what Indians owner Paul Dolan said last April: “Enjoy him. We control him for three more years (now two), and then we’ll see what happens.” That doesn’t sound like an owner…

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