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To be or not to be? Francisco Lindor and the Tampa Bay Rays

By Seth Carter
Francisco Lindor (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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Francisco Lindor (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Rays keep getting mentioned in the background of the Lindor trade talks. We take a look at why a deal for Lindor is highly unlikely and yet also a possibility.

Why do the Rays keep getting mentioned in Lindor trade talks?

While the Rays aren’t one of the predominant teams being mentioned in the talks, their name still keeps popping up. 

The Indians need to trade Lindor now to maximize value. The Indians appear to be in a rebuild mode, despite finishing second in the AL Central with 93 wins last season. They did that even without the help of Kluber, and they won’t have his help again in 2020. They just traded their two-time Cy Young award-winning ace to the Texas Rangers. Last season, they sent Trevor Bauer packing.

Now Francisco Lindor is two years away from becoming a $300 million+ player and the Indians appear to be waving the white flag. He’s on the market and with two years remaining, his value is very high.

It has been reported that the Indians currently asking for the best offers on Lindor so they can make a decision over the weekend.

Lindor is truly one of the game’s top stars. Lindor turned 26 last month and already has four All-Star games under his belt. In addition to the All-Star appearances, he has two gold gloves and two silver sluggers.

Lindor has a .288 career average and a .347 OBP.  He has stolen over 20 bases in each of the past two seasons.

Along with all of that, he has slugged over .500 in each of the past three years. During that span, he has averaged 34 home runs and 85 runs batted in.

It gets better, his career strikeout rate is 14.0%. He has only exceeded 100 strikeouts once in his career and he led the league in plate appearances that season. Through his age-25 season, he has accumulated a 28.6 rWAR.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. In the following slides we will discuss the following:

  1. Is he a rental?
  2. Why the Rays will probably have no interest.
  3. Why it might make sense to make an offer.
  4. Who would the Rays have to give up?