Sport Report: Dodgers likely to pursue Francisco Lindor trade

22:50  28 october  2019
22:50  28 october  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

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  Report: Dodgers likely to pursue Francisco Lindor trade © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Dodgers are likely to pursue a trade for Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor this offseason. If such a deal did happen, incumbent shortstop Corey Seager could become a trade candidate or shift to third base.

The Dodgers are said to be more open to major changes this offseason after making more minor changes in previous offseasons. The team’s playoff failure is likely a motivating factor behind that line of thinking.

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Lindor hit .284 with 32 home runs last season and is a four-time All-Star. He’s also an immensely popular and charismatic player.

The shortstop, who turns 26 in November, would become a free agent after the 2021 season. The Indians have essentially confirmed that they are unlikely to be able to afford to keep him, meaning he could become a trade candidate. It remains to be seen whether they decide to try to hang on to him for one more season and dealing him before his contract year.

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