The Dodgers are always going to be rumored in every big name available on the market. Whether it be via free agency or trade, the big market team in Los Angeles is always going to be a part of the conversation somehow.
With news of the Cleveland Indians looking to move Francisco Lindor coming to light, the Dodgers are once again wrapped up in the speculation. MLB Insider Jon Heyman talked about the possibility of him going to LA on his podcast this week. Heyman thinks a lot of things would have to happen first, but he still believes they will be involved.
More likely, it’s going to be one of the New York teams or you know, look at LA. They could move Seager to third base, I think that’s a long shot probably at this point. They had tried for Lindor in the past, but I do think they’ll try to keep Justin Tuner who is a free agent…I do think LA is more likely to bring Turner back than to go for another big piece. They’d like to keep Seager long terms and I think they’d like to keep Bellinger.
The likelihood of the Dodgers actually going after Lindor does seem like a stretch. Lindor will enter free agency next season and is sure to command a hefty Mookie Betts type of contract. That being said, it’s likely that the team that trades for him will want to lock him down for the long-term.
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The Dodgers have both the money and the prospects to get a deal done if they chose to. Unfortunately, they also have a handful of stars that will need to be paid over the next couple of years. Corey Seager can enter free agency after the 2021 season. Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, and Cody Bellinger are not that far behind either. You would have to think that their goal is to pay some of those guys before going after any top talent.
Can the Dodgers get Francisco Lindor? Absolutely. But the likelihood of them going after the elite shortstop would be dependant on far too many things to get the job done. Expect Lindor to be wearing one of the New York teams’ uniforms when the 2021 season rolls around.
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