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.
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.
“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.