It seems that one of the Dodgers’ primary targets this winter might not be as ‘on the block’ as has been reported by the media. According to Chris Antonetti, the president of the Cleveland Indians, the Indians are fully expecting star shortstop Francisco Lindor to be suiting up for the Indians on Opening Day.
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The Dodgers have not been in talks with the Indians on solely Lindor, according to multiple league sources. They have also shown an interest in right-handed starter Corey Kluber — who was dealt to the Texas Rangers this week — and Mike Clevinger.
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 16, 2019
We all know how this goes. While Chris Antonetti is saying that Francisco Lindor is ‘his shortstop’, we are not far removed from Farhan Zaidi saying Dee Gordon was ‘his second baseman’. Zaidi traded Gordon soon after.
“We are incredibly fortunate to not just have one of the best players in baseball, but one of the best people on our team. That’s such a great place to be in. Because he is such an attractive both player and personality, a lot of teams can place a call and it is our responsibility to at least listen to them. However, as I have said many times this offseason, our expectation is that Francisco will be our shortstop on Opening Day next year.”
Francisco Lindor is an attractive asset to every team in the majors and the Dodgers would be very fortunate to secure his services in Los Angeles.