We’ve spent countless articles (ok, not countless – we know how to use the search function and we can count) talking about acquiring Cleveland’s superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. He fits the biggest need on the Cincinnati Reds roster and outside of catcher, he plays the most important position on the field. Landing a star caliber shortstop would be the shot in the arm that the Reds need that could help take them to the next level. With Lindor on the trade market, MLB.com gathered up some of their writers to propose trades to various teams – including Cincinnati.
For their Reds trade scenario it was Matt Kelly who tried to tackle the deal he believes it might take to get Cleveland interested in the trade. He certainly nailed the part about getting Cleveland interested. For Cincinnati, though….. it feels like the Herschel Walker trade. Kelly proposed that the Cincinnati Reds offer shortstop Jose Garcia, outfielder Nick Senzel, catcher Tyler Stephenson, third base prospect Jonathan India, and 2020 1st round pick and outfielder Austin Hendrick.
Look at that trade offer again. Those aren’t individual offers, where some of them make sense for a one year deal and paying roughly $20,000,000 in salary to Francisco Lindor. That’s a trade offer that includes all five of those players to acquire one year of Lindor all while also paying him about $20,000,000 in salary. If the deal were to happen, like the Sonny Gray trade two winter’s ago, that included an extension, that’s different. But the chances that Lindor is going to agree to that kind of deal or that the Reds would be willing to write a check big enough to make that happen seem astronomical (no, we don’t mean this in a stealing signs kind of way).
Now, to be fair to Kelly, he does note in the “Who says no?” section that it’s the Reds that would say no to this trade. But the fact that the second you read the trade offer you already know who says no to it should be enough to revise the trade offer. If that is the kind of offer it’s going to take to acquire one year of anyone, it’s simply not worth it.