Dodgers Rumors: Francisco Lindor trade to be pursued by the Dodgers?
The World Series has yet to end but the first juicy rumor involving the Dodgers has surfaced and it involves Francisco Lindor.
The World Series still has at least one more game left but the hot stove began to sizzle today as Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Dodgers are expected to pursue Francisco Lindor this off-season. The shortstop has the same control as Corey Seager as both are set to become free agents after the 2021 season.
While Corey Seager could certainly be part of a potential deal if the Indians like, the article also mentions that Seager could shift to third base with Justin Turner moving across the field to first base. Max Muncy would then play second base and Gavin Lux would be without a spot although he would probably be asked for in a deal.
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Lindor has slugged at least 30 home runs in each of the last three seasons and surpassed 20 stolen bases in each of the last two. Not only would Lindor be an upgrade offensively over Corey Seager at shortstop, but he is also a plus defender and would be an upgrade on the defensive side of the game. Lindor has often been regarded as the best shortstop in baseball.
Postseason wise, Francisco Lindor has played in 23 playoff games and slashed .276/.337/.483 with five home runs. That would be an upgrade on Corey Seager’s postseason numbers who struggled mightily this October along with Cody Bellinger. Lindor is also a switch-hitter and over the last three seasons, his slugging percentages have been nearly identical with the difference being one point.
Last week we took a look at reasons the Dodgers should and shouldn’t trade for Mookie Betts who is another superstar who could be on the trade block. With Lindor, he has one more year of control than Betts does and with Seager in need of an extension soon the Dodgers could always hand that money and more to Lindor to keep the soon to be 26 year old in Los Angeles for a long time.