Jun 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Carolina League short stop Francisco Lindor (12) tags out California League left fielder Devin Harris (19) during the second inning of the California League vs Carolina League All Star Game at San Jose Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Case Against Trading Francisco Lindor

For a little while, the Indians seemed to be in the hunt to acquire the services of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. That rumored cooled quickly with a report that the Tribe had a “less than one percent” chance to obtain the Cy Young Award winner.

Rumors swirled that the asking price would be Carlos Santana, Francisco Lindor, and other prospects. That’s a hefty load, but as the adage goes, you’ve got to give something to get something.

However, including Lindor at this point in any deal would be deflating. He just got promoted to Class AAA, and he’ll most likely be the team’s Opening Day shortstop in 2015. He’s only 20, and the Indians have worked to develop Lindor ever since taking him out of high school in the 2011 draft.

Terry Francona already said Lindor’s glove is caliber is major league ready. Questions have surrounded his bat, but that appears to have improved, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com.

“Lindor’s defense is so good that it overshadows his offense. Though he consistently has ranked among the youngest regulars in his league each year, he never has been overmatched at the plate. A switch-hitter, Lindor excels at making contact and getting on base.”

Lindor won’t smack 30 homers as a rookie, but he won’t be a slap hitter, either, according to Callis. “(Lindor) could produce 30 doubles and 10 homers on an annual basis. With his solid speed, he could add 15-20 steals per year,” Callis wrote.

Shortstop is one of the premier positions to fill on a big-league roster, and Callis believes Lindor could be one of the best shortstops in the game.

“He already has become a regular at the Futures Game, and he should do the same at the All-Star Game as well,” Callis said.

The Indians are going to have a hole to fill at shortstop with the eventual departure of Asdrubal Cabrera. Trading a way a player who could vill that void for the next six-to-eight years has the potential to do long-term damage to the franchise, especially if that means acquiring a pitcher who can walk after next season.

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