A 60-Game Season Makes a Francisco Lindor Trade Less Appealing for the Indians

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If you’ve followed me here at Cleveland Baseball Insider, you know the topic of Francisco Lindor is one I’ve gone back and forth on over the past couple months.

I’ve noted that Lindor’s decision to cut off contract extension talks could make the Cleveland Indians further regret not moving him last winter.

That, if the Indians were thinking about trading him this year, it was a decision they needed to figure out before this season began.

That, heck, the Indians might be best served to just trade him as soon as possible.

Basically, while baseball has spent the past few months in a state of uncertainty, there remains no shortage of Lindor-related talking points.

Now, we finally know what the 2020 campaign — i.e. Lindor’s second-to-last year of team control — will look like. Provided the nationwide pandemic doesn’t derail MLB’s plans, we have 60 games of baseball on the docket this summer.

With this much-needed clarity provided, what should Cleveland do with its marquee shortstop? Is it now time to explore moving Lindor? Should the team just table trade talks until this winter?

If you ask me, the answer is “no.”

For both questions.

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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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