The Phillies Need to Trade for Francisco Lindor

With all the rumors being talked about this offseason already the one that sticks out the most is Francisco Lindor possibly being traded this winter.

Now you ask why Cleveland would trade him? Indians owner (or governor) Paul Dolan said during the season that Indians fans should “enjoy him” while Lindor is in Cleveland. He said this when asked about signing Lindor long-term meaning that they will not offer him the inevitable $300+ million contract that he will receive if he hits the market.

Jim Bowden, who is an MLB writer for the Athletic, brought up the Phillies as a possibly destination for Francisco Lindor. Bowden said that a deal like Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott and Cole Irvin could be a possible package to land the best shortstop in the game at the age of 26. Certainly I think it will take more to land Lindor, but the Phillies have more prospects that they can include to get this deal done.

One is Spencer Howard, who the Phillies seemed reluctant to trade to Miami last year for JT Realmuto. That will likely be the case here as well. Others are Adonis Medina, Mickey Moniak, Luis Garcia, Simon Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz, Kendall Simmons, Johan Rojas and Nick Maton. Plus add in Adam Haseley and Nick Williams.

A deal like Bohm, Medina, Moniak, Ortiz and Williams should be able to top almost any other offer there is on the table. Keeping Howard and Stott in the system while acquiring Lindor would be the best case for the Phillies.

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Realistically there are maybe five teams that can trade for Lindor when you think about who can afford to pay him. The Phillies are one of those teams of course with John Middleton. Lindor is under team control until 2022 and he is a top 5 player in baseball I’d argue. Lindor can be the leadoff hitter for the Phillies for the next five years with Bryce and Realmuto in the same lineup.

Last offseason the Phillies traded for Jean Segura, who may have had a down year for his standards but was still a massive upgrade from JP Crawford. After watching Segura last year I think you need to move him to second base for defensive purposes.

While trading Alec Bohm would hurt, there’s a few things to this making sense for the Phillies.

  1. Lindor is 3x the player Bohm is.
  2. Bohm likely can’t stick at third base. They can move him to first, but that would me selling low on Rhys Hoskins…
  3. Lindor is only 3-years older than Bohm.
  4. Acquiring Lindor not only gives the Phillies an upgrade on offense but more importantly on defense.

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John Middleton and Matt Klentak need to realize that they have this elite prospect at maybe the peak value possible. Trading Alec Bohm and a bunch on middle end prospects needs to happen to get Lindor.

Having a core of Lindor, Harper, JT and Nola for the next five years creates a big window for the Phillies to bring a championship back to Philadelphia.


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