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The long-awaited Francisco Lindor trade is getting closer to reality.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported that the Indians “are prepared to listen, aggressively” to offers for their star shortstop.
Lindor, 27, is under Indians control for one more season before he will likely get a significant contract. It is appearing more and more unlikely that any part of that season will be spent in Cleveland, with the team looking to maximize the return for Lindor.
The Yankees and Mets have been among the teams linked to Lindor. The Mets’ new regime has said that they prefer to spend on free agents (George Springer, perhaps) than trade out of their weakened farm system.
“There are only two currencies in baseball, players and money,” team president Sandy Alderson said recently on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio.
“Now, especially in the upper levels of our system, we don’t have the players. We have some money. So we’re going to balance those two things. We expect to be active in the free-agent market as opposed to the trade market. We don’t want to give up our young guys.”
The Yankees’ top priority right now is re-signing DJ LeMahieu. However, questions remain as to how they will handle the shortstop position after Gleyber Torres struggled with his move from second base last season.
Olney mentioned the Blue Jays as a possible destination, as well.
“It has crossed my mind because a lot of you guys have mentioned it,” Lindor told reporters of the rampant trade rumors after the Yankees eliminated the Indians from the postseason.
“I haven’t really sat back and thought about it. But if I said it hasn’t crossed my mind, I’d be lying because on social media, everybody, that’s all they talk about and that’s what you have been talking about for the past year.”
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