With the winter meetings unofficially starting today, speculations have been running wild. Whether it be free agent signings or blockbuster trades, everybody is holding their breath for something to happen this week. That was the thinking on Hot Stove, where Ken Rosenthal was recently asked if he had any bold predictions for the meetings. His answer? Francisco Lindor to the Dodgers.
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“I say that knowing that the Indians drive a hard bargain,” Rosenthal said. “They’ve got many opportunities, or other opportunities to trade him. Deadline, next offseason, he’s got two years of control left.”
Despite this, Rosenthal was intrigued by his fellow The Athletic writer Jim Bowden’s proposal of the Dodgers sending Gavin Lux, Joc Pederson, and Ross Stripling to Cleveland in exchange for Lindor.
Rosenthal said that while he originally thought that wouldn’t be enough for the Indians to ship off Lindor and they would likely want more prospects, the thinking here is that Lux would be the second baseman of the future in Cleveland, essentially replacing Lindor.
“Gavin Lux would be Lindor’s replacement,” Rosenthal said. “Stripling has three years left of control. He’s a competent, accomplished major league pitcher to some degree. And Pederson, with one year left, certainly would give them the offensive boost in the outfield that they lose a little bit with Puig.”
While Rosenthal followed up his prediction by saying he doesn’t expect the Indians to do it, especially at the meetings, he concludes by saying that it is an “interesting thought.”