The Los Angeles Dodgers will be looking to shake up their roster following another heartbreaking playoff defeat, and they'll reportedly pursue one of the game's elite players from this offseason.
Citing sources Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, Los Angeles is "expected to pursue a trade for" Cleveland Indians All-Star Francisco Lindor, who's under team control for two more seasons.
Of course, the Dodgers already employ one of the game's top shortstops in Corey Seager. Well, Morosi suggests that the Dodgers could make Seager available in a trade, should they manage to land Lindor. Other choice would be to move to Seager to third base while Justin Turners moves to first base, per Morosi.
Lindor has been one of Cleveland's greatest superstars of the 21st century, bud the budget-conscious organization would have to pay $200 million-plus to retain him. The Indians already traded away ace pitcher Trevor Bauer, and some other key components from their 2016 AL pennant team have left over the years.
Simply put, Cleveland knows they can't afford to retain Lindor long-term, so it makes sense to trade him while his value is high. The Indians would get a king's ransom if they dealt Lindor right now.
The 25-year-old Lindor has notched All-Star selections in each of the last four years, and he took home the 2017 and 2018 Silver Slugger Awards plus a 2016 Gold Glove Award. This past season, he batted .284 with 32 home runs, 74 RBI, 22 stolen bases and an OPS of .854.
Adding Lindor would certainly be a game changer for a Dodgers franchise that hasn't won the World Series since 1988. With a deep farm system and a roster full of young and veteran stars, the Dodgers are in better position than most other teams to land Lindor.
Dodgers Should Go All-In For Lindor
The Dodgers have won seven straight NL West division titles, and they've won two NL pennants over that time frame. But it hasn't been enough to win the World Series, and this window won't stay open forever. Los Angeles simply has to go all-in and try to add Lindor, because he could very well be the final piece of a championship puzzle.