After a stunningly incompetent playoff exit, the Dodgers have reportedly finally realized that they have to change their losing culture if they are ever to win a World Series. The only way to do that is to bring in star players or experienced postseason performers from outside the organization. It made me raise my eyebrows when the news broke that the Dodgers are reportedly interested in trading for Cleveland all-star shortstop Francisco Lindor.
I am surprised the Dodgers are even interested considering the first task should be upgrading their mediocre pitching staff, but I have no problem with the Dodgers acquiring Lindor. There is no question that the 25-year old switch-hitting shortstop is one of the most talented players in baseball. He’s definitely one of the best shortstops in the American League. Lindor has been selected to the all-star squad in four consecutive seasons and has finished in the top ten in American League MVP voting in three of the last five seasons. This year, Lindor slashed .284/335/.518 with 32 home runs and 74 runs batted in while scoring 101 runs in 654 plate appearances. Lindor posted an OPS + of 118, (he averages 119 per season) and posted an .854 OPS.
Not only is Lindor a good hitter, he’s a fantastic defensive shortstop, possibly the best in the game. He’s posted a spectacular 55 defensive runs saved and a +56 total zone fielding runs above average. He also can run the bases well, evidenced by his 22 stolen bases and 93 career swipes. Lindor is awesome and it would be bad ass to see him in a Dodger uniform.
However do you believe any of this hype? As you all know by now, Andrew Friedman of the small market mind has yet to ever bring in a star player via free agency and has brought in only two players via trade (Yu Darvish, Manny Machado) that you could even consider star worthy. Friedman does not acquire top players, he is far too cheap and small market minded to do it. That’s why when I heard this rumor I almost immediately dismissed it. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Then again, there may be some truth to this. Lindor has three team control seasons remaining and then is scheduled to hit the open market around age 28 and is certain to demand a large payday. One would think that the Indians couldn’t afford to keep him anyways and may be better off trading him now when his value is highest.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 29, 2019
If the Dodgers hypothetically were able to bring in Lindor, who would they include in the deal? How would the infield look after a trade for Lindor? Obviously any trade for Lindor would probably involve Corey Seager. Look, I love Seager but let’s face it, he’s nowhere near the player he was when he first broke into the majors. Injuries have derailed his career and while he was productive in 2019, he wasn’t anywhere near the hitter he used to be. We don’t know if Seager will get back to that level. Not only that but he is one of the worst postseason performers the Dodgers have.
If the Dodgers trade for Lindor, I could see a package being headlined by Corey Seager with at least a couple of prospects going to Cleveland in the swap. Maybe they would include Joc Pederson (I hope not) and some high ceiling prospects like Jeter Downs, or even Tony Gonsolin could be involved in a potential swap.
If this were to happen, Justin Turner would likely be moved to first base. The Dodgers are reportedly trying to move Turner to first where he would see less wear and tear on his old and clutch body. Top Prospect Gavin Lux would likely move to third with Max Muncy manning second and Cody Bellinger playing center or right full time. Would A.J. Pollock get dealt? What about Joc or Alex Verdugo? There are all kinds of different configurations the Dodgers could try. It doesn’t matter. If the Dodgers can get Lindor, that would be great. The question is, do you believe any of this hype? Or is this just another Andrew Friedman trade masturbation. We’ll find out.