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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Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have a future star at shortstop in Bo Bichette but they’re looking to upgrade defensively at that position. As the front office has links to Cleveland, they could be enticed to bring Lindor north of the border and hope to sign him to an extension.

If this is what the Cleveland Indians ultimately get for Lindor, Alek Manoah would be the prize. The Blue Jays drafted him with their first round pick in 2019 and he has the makings of being an impact piece in any rotation he’s apart of.

While only 18, Orelvis Martinez seems like he’ll only get better as he gets older, grows and matures. In his first professional season in 2019, he slashed .275/.352/.549 with more than half of his hits going for extra bases.

Meanwhile, C.J. Van Eyk was drafted in the shortened 2020 draft in the second round. He can control his pitches extremely well as he can apparently control the speed on his curveball, which is seen as an advanced pitch. While he can only throw three pitches (fastball, curveball and slider) he utilizes his arsenal really well.

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While the Cleveland Indians get three future pieces with tons of upside and potential, the Blue Jays get someone who can help them now in Lindor who can really help them compete with the best of the best. After an unexpected postseason appearance, Lindor is what could really push the Blue Jays over the top into a different tier.