Cleveland Indians: Five trade packages for Francisco Lindor

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) on the field during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels played on September 9, 2019 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) on the field during the ninth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels played on September 9, 2019 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have been wasting their tenure with Mike Trout the past few years without making the playoffs since 2014. They signed Anthony Rendon last offseason but that still wasn’t enough. While their offense isn’t the problem, it’s the pitching that’s the issue for this team.

Instead of upgrading the pitching, they could go after Lindor to have a superb offense and possess three top offensive players in the league. Lindor would give the Angels a huge upgrade over their former shortstop in Andrelton Simmons who’s a free agent.

To get Lindor, the Angels will be forced to part ways with their top prospect in Brandon Marsh but they shouldn’t be reluctant too as there’s no room for him to play in their outfield. He’s put together a .288/.368/.431 slash line with 43 stolen bases in the minors and his speed will help him play in the outfield defensively.

While he may not hit for a great average, Jeremiah Jackson has an .885 OPS in the minor leagues and can play on either side of second base. Jahmai Jones can form a middle of the infield duo with Jackson once they both reach the bigs.

If the Angels acquire Lindor, they may be able to keep him for the long haul as owner Arte Moreno isn’t shy about handing out big contracts to star players. Also, it only helps that Albert Pujols’ big contract comes off the books after the conclusion of the 2021 season.