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

Who would the Rays have to give up?

I’ve seen the names Willy Adames and Brent Honeywell tossed around in the trade discussions. Here are my thoughts.

Left-handed slugger, Nate Lowe looks to be squeezed for playing time with Ji-Man Choi being a lefty and newly acquired Yoshitomo Tsutsugo also hitting from the left-hand batter’s box.

A more ideal situation would be the Rays offer a package revolving around Honeywell and Nate Lowe. This would address the need for a more right-handed presence, as they would keep Adames (righty) and Lindor is an effective switch-hitter.

Giving up a couple of young guys who will most likely never reach the level of a Francisco Lindor is a risk I’m usually willing to take, especially when the return is one of the top talents in the game.

Even if the Rays had to give up Adames, it’s not as preferable but… It’s Lindor!

The Rays have the top farm system in all of baseball. They are in a position to let go of a couple of pieces. If they truly believe Lindor could be the difference in getting them to a World Series, then this move is a possibility.

RECAP: 

  • He would fit in the budget.
  • Rays have #1 farm system in baseball
  • Rays can afford to give up almost any prospect not named Wander Franco
  • Indians need to move Lindor now to maximize return
  • Rays need a right-handed bat
  • Lindor’s two gold gloves fit Rays defense-first approach
  • Lindor is well below market value in 2020.

Conclusion

We all know a move like this is extremely unlikely for the Rays, but I can see why some pundits have the Rays as a dark horse team in the race for Lindor. It would take the Rays from a middling offensive team to a the upper echelon.

An offense that revolves around Yandy Diaz, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Hunter Renfroe, Yoshi Tsutsugo, and Brandon Lowe would fit nicely next to the elite pitching staff the Rays already have.

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What do you think, should the Rays entertain moving a few young players to acquire Lindor’s services over the next two seasons? Let us know in the comments below!

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