In the words of Emperor Palpatine: Do it.
Do it, Cincy. Trade for Francisco Lindor. Trade prospects for him. Get a top player in return and embarrass the Indians once again.
The reasons why the Reds will make this trade are obvious, so we won’t waste too much time here. A trade for Lindor would make them better and more competitive now, immediately. At an open central bank, trading on a known commodity such as Lindor could help change the tide.
Relatively unknown quantities such as Nick Senzel – Senzel will probably be very good, chances are – they mean nothing when your team tries to compete for a division crown. Increasing pains could be at the expense of the team and if you followed NL Central in 2019, you would know that the division crown will be toppled again in 2020.
But it’s more than just Cincinnati. The Reds have lost – yes, wasted – the majority of the surface of Joey Votto’s career. They haven’t done enough to try to help Votto. Now, in the twilight of his career, they are doing everything they can.
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So yes, the reasons why the Reds will make this trade are obvious. There are fewer reasons for Indians to do so.
A deal for Lindor could clear some very good prospects and talented players in return, which would theoretically mean Cleveland would not deteriorate if you “recreate” Lindor as a whole (for example, “Moneyball”). with this reason you roll the dice in unknown quantities, the variable in control in this situation.
The Indians were in a game that won the 2017 World Series, ending years of heartbreak and almost bringing another title to the Land after winning the Cavaliers NBA title in 2016. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as the epic crash ended. in another drought of another team’s league.
Well, what you’re saying is: The Indians don’t want to pay a top, top five player in baseball his fair share because … reasons. OKAY. It makes a ton of sense to trade a guy who is almost into MVP talks and has been the face of your franchise for the last five seasons. He is an ambassador for Cleveland. He delivered the virtues of the city during the 2019 All-Star Game.
A quick Google search tells me that Larry Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians, is worth $ 5.5 billion. That’s a billion, with a B. Bought the Indians in 2000 for $ 323 million and now worth $ 1.3 billion. (An interesting note: Dolan is James Dolan’s uncle, the much-maligned Knicks owner.)
All the teams in baseball history have had poor years. Victory is hard in baseball, it’s true. But building a list of caliber championships is extremely difficult, and that’s something the Indians have done – and now they want to bend it, just over three years after the dance. A few times before we’ve seen a team reach a world record, shake hands after losing and say, “Yeah, that’s not for us.” This is exactly what happened to Cleveland.
And, if you’re in the same company as the 1997 Marlins, that’s something special.
Maybe it’s about participation and fans arriving at the park. Well, it’s very simple: To make money, you have to try to win teams. To win teams, you probably need to win players. To win players you must: find them, design them, pay them. It’s really, really a simple concept.
If you want the fans to come to the park, then show them you’re damn good. Give them a reason to show up. Sending the message that Lindor wants to exchange is the opposite.
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Yes, it’s no secret that Cleveland had a difficult time collecting years, but that was always the case. In 2019, Indians passed the 2 million presence note for the first time since 2008. Last year, they went to the ALCS and lost seven. Almost like throwing a good team is a relationship there, right? Cleveland may not be as highly valued as Americans or other franchises, but it is a team backed by a billionaire owner.
We are at a critical time in baseball, where teams will probably try to win later than they are definitively trying to win now. The prospects are good and good and it’s how you create a core of a group. But at some point, those prospects become important players and these great ones will become good players. When it comes time to pay these big sisters, well, maybe you should do it instead of being responsible for your fans.
Indians should be ashamed. Not just because of Lindor’s reputation, but because they were negotiating with Corey Kluber on virtually nothing. Kluber, a two-time Cy Young winner, should have been announced and revealed by the Indians, especially for his contract. He should have been given another chance to finish the job with the Indians.
Now there are rumors of a trade by Mike Clevinger, which means the teardown can be all over Cleveland. Surprising.
Just for a second, realize: How many teams will kill to be in Cleveland’s position this past season? A top five player in baseball, a rising young pitcher to Shane Bieber, a pretty good spin behind him. All it took was little money to help them overcome the twins at AL Central – money Cleveland apparently didn’t want to make.
So please, Cincinnati. Make it happen. Trade for Lindor and give what the Indians really want: October away.