Francisco Lindor in a San Diego Padres uniform?
It came through Twitterverse on Friday that the San Diego Padres may be speaking to the Cleveland Indians once again about a trade.
Not a big deal. The Indians have a few top-of-the-rotation type pitchers that could be of interest to the Padres. Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger would be massive additions to the Padres staff. Even veterans Carlos Carrasco or Corey Kluber would be helpful for a young staff looking for a boost.
Pitching makes sense, but the latest rumor has the Padres asking Cleveland about Francisco Lindor.
Okay. These were just rumors. It is important not to believe all you see and hear from “sources” who aren’t considered mainstream media. Still, there is the belief that where there is smoke- there is likely fire, especially when it comes to Preller.
The Padres were not supposed to be able to sign Eric Hosmer or Manny Machado, and we all know how that ended. Nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to A.J. Preller and his quest to bring the City of San Diego it’s first major sports title. He is on a mission.
Prospects are being dealt for relevant Major League talent. The time appears to be now. This regime and its ownership will never publically say so- but the team is going for it. They are attempting to win now, and that is an exciting thing. Not since the first few months of the 2015 season, has then franchise positioned itself for relevancy.
Now getting back to Lindor. What the heck is Preller doing? Are these rumors true?
Lindor can’t pitch. He might have a million-dollar smile, but can the man stop a losing streak by throwing eight shutout innings for a ballclub? That appears to be the Padres’ significant need. The franchise needs (for lack of better words) an ace. Sure, MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patino are coming. Chris Paddack flashed ace-like tendencies last year. But all those men are young and inexperienced. If this team truly intends to win now, they will need to survive multiple playoff series. That is where that “horse” at the front of your rotation makes sense.
Francisco Lindor, in a Padres’ brown uniform or donning the white pinstripes, is very intriguing, but the bottom line is that he DOES NOT fit a need for this team. Not to even mention the cost of Lindor, who will probably make over $35 million in arbitration alone for the remaining two years left on his deal. Then he will want a $200 million contract at the very least. The Padres will not be able to retain him.
Sure, Lindor can play second base, but he is a terrific defender at shortstop. It seems excessive to acquire him only to play second base. Especially, when the Padres traded two prospects who spent time on the MLB pipeline top-30 list for the Padres (Buddy Reed and Austin Allen) for Jurickson Profar. The former Texas Rangers’ top prospect is likely to man the keystone for the Padres in 2020. Adding Lindor would essentially make Profar and expensive bench piece. The team already has Ian Kinsler and Greg Garcia on the 40-man as well.
There is this to consider. The Padres and their savvy general manager may only be driving up the price tag for Lindor, who has been rumored to the Dodgers several different times this winter. This strategy makes sense as Los Angeles can pay the price the Indians want for their shortstop. The Padres could be throwing the names of their top young players out there in an attempt to drive up the asking price. The Dodgers stand directly in the way of the playoff path the Padres wish to walk.
Franciso Lindor to the Padres is fun to think about, but unless he is coming with a stud pitcher- this makes little sense for the San Diego Padres.