Report: Francisco Lindor likely to be traded this offseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Arguably the best shortstop in baseball could be on the move this winter.
Per MLB Network's John Morosi, Francisco Lindor is likely to be traded during the offseason as he enters the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Indians.
The Phillies, Mets, Yankees, Cardinals and Blue Jays are reportedly the strongest candidates to swing a deal for the four-time All-Star, though an unspecified number of those teams aren't prepared to engage in serious trade talks yet.
Lindor is scheduled to make $19.5 million next season before hitting free agency. The team that trades for him will have to determine whether to sign the 27-year-old to a long-term, big-money contract and if it's worth giving up prospects to get a deal done.
The Nationals' interest in Lindor is unknown as of now, but the fact that Trea Turner is the team's shortstop doesn't make a move for Lindor all that logical.
However, the Nats have reason to pay close attention to this situation. Two division rivals in the Phillies and Mets are among the teams interested in acquiring Lindor. The Mets have new ownership looking to win a championship in the near future and the Phillies could look to make a splash acquisition should they let J.T. Realmuto walk in free agency.
During the shortened 2020 season, Lindor posted a .258/.335/.415 slash line with eight home runs, 27 RBI and 61 base hits. The 60-game campaign snapped a streak of three-straight seasons in which Lindor hit at least 30 home runs and 40 doubles.