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Despite the Rumors About Losing Lindor, Now is Not the Time for Indians Fans to Panic

Many Indians fans are hitting the panic button today after the article posted on ESPN which stated that many baseball executives feel that the team is going to trade superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor on or before 2020’s trade deadline in July.

This isn’t exactly ‘breaking’ news, as it’s been bantered about for awhile that the Indians don’t want to get caught in a situation where they get nothing for Lindor’s services by letting him hit the free agent market.

Fans are going to bash the team if they do move Lindor over the winter, feeling that they are simply conceding that they are ways away from being a playoff or even World Series contender.

If that’s the case, remember the team that won the World Series a few weeks back?

They lost a franchise player in the 2019 offseason by the name of Bryce Harper, got nothing for him, yet that didn’t stop the Washington Nationals from taking down the favored Houston Astros to win their first title.

It’s impossible to predict that the Indians will win a World Series losing Lindor, but thinking about the assets that team President Chris Antonetti and GM Mike Chernoff could gain by trading Lindor should give some hope that not all is lost for this franchise.

Last year the Indians won the trade deadline with a deal that moved pitcher Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-way deal that involved the San Diego Padres.

The deal netted them a pair of outfielders in Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes, as well as pitching prospect Logan Allen.

It was a trade that yet again showed that when it comes to making deals, the Indians rarely lose.

Last July’s deal should give Indians fans hope when it comes to the thought of trading Lindor and what could come their way in return.

The club isn’t going to simply give away their star player for unknowns, which is why this is not the time to push the panic button before the offseason really kicks into high gear.

The team has plenty of work to do, and while trading (or at least listening to offers) for Lindor is on the list, but they won’t do it without getting the proper pieces in return that will set them up for the future.

Yes losing Lindor is going to hurt. It’s never easy to lose a star player in the prime of his career, but have some trust in this front office – they’ve made lemonade out of lemons in the past – now is their chance to do it yet again.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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  1. W.V

    December 12, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Good article Matt. I hear what you’re saying about the trade possibilities offering hope.
    Our GM has done a great job in the past but this might be their largest challenge yet. However I don’t believe the comparisons to the Nationals are realistic. True that they did lose Harper, but he was not their best offensive player,a franchise icon or one of the top talents of his generation like Frankie. Also the Nationals Payroll in 2019 was almost 30% higher than Cleveland’s. An extra 50 million can go a long way in a mid-market town. I often wonder if GM’s for teams like Cleveland, Oakland, Milwaukee…look to one day move on to work for an Ownership team with deeper pockets and less salary restrictions like LA, NYY or the Cubs. If that happens, then this franchise would really suffer.

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