MLB’s Economic Outlook May Help the Indians Keep Francisco Lindor

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For Cleveland Indians fans, the subject of Francisco Lindor is hardly a cheery one.

Ever since contract extension talks between the Tribe and its star shortstop were tabled in March, any Lindor-related content involves talking trades.

Will the Indians trade him? When will the Indians trade him? Who will the Indians trade him to?

For all intents and purposes, projections of Lindor being dealt in the near future have wildly outnumbered any hints of optimism about his staying in Cleveland long-term.

All cards on the table, I still believe the Indians trade him, and that it’s a move they begin considering as soon as the 2020 season opens up. The pandemic-shortened campaign MLB is aiming to kick off just seems to put more pressure on Cleveland to deal Lindor ASAP.

However, what if the aforementioned season structure improves the Indians’ chances to re-sign him?

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Casey Drottar is an Cleveland Indians writer for Sports Illustrated. Subscribe to his podcast, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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