The Dodgers and Francisco Lindor rumors are going to be swirling all offseason long. Until Lindor finds a home for the 2021 season, those rumors linking him to Los Angeles likely won’t be going away.
While we’ve seen a number of crazy trade packages put together by experts, this one from ESPN might be the most reasonable. The Dodgers certainly don’t need any particular player for the 2021 season. But Lindor might be one of the few guys out there that makes Los Angeles’ lineup better. More from ESPN:
They could also simply re-sign Turner and turn second base over to Gavin Lux for at least one year while they bargain with Seager. Or they could make Lux the centerpiece of a trade that brings in Lindor, one of the few players good enough to upgrade the Dodgers’ roster.
It certainly wouldn’t be characteristic of the Dodgers front office to give up on Gavin Lux in exchange for a year of Lindor. Lux got part of the 2019 season as the starting second baseman but never quite caught up to speed in 2020. They also chose to hang onto him in the last round of Lindor rumors, so it doesn’t seem likely that they would move him now.
That being said, there is plenty of room for flexibility if they did choose to trade Lux(plus more) for Lindor. The Dodgers would likely want Lindor playing shortstop while perhaps moving Corey Seager over to the hot corner. Lindor has zero 3B experience in the big leagues or at the minor league level, while Seager is profiled long term to be there.
All of that hinges on whether Justin Turner comes back to Los Angeles. If the Dodgers do resign the veteran, it’s highly unlikely they would shift around their entire infield alignment just to fit Lindor in for a year. With that being said, don’t expect Lindor to end up in Los Angeles when all is said and done.
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