According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, those around baseball believe a blockbuster trade is coming this offseason.
And it very well might involve the Cleveland Indians.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Morosi revealed that MLB executives he has talked to believe that at least one of baseball's biggest stars will be traded this offseason -- it's just a matter of who that player will be. Listed as potential candidates were Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
"At least one player among the Mookie Betts/Francisco Lindor/Kris Bryant group will be traded this offseason, in the opinion of multiple MLB [executives] I’ve checked with over the last 24 hours," Morosi wrote.
This isn't the first time Lindor's name as been mentioned as a potential trade candidate this offseason and it likely won't be the last either. Despite his status as one of baseball's brightest young stars, the 25-year-old's contract situation -- and the high dollar deal that likely awaits him once he hits free agency following the 2021 season -- has led many to believe the Indians will consider dealing Lindor before his approaching free agency decreases his trade value.
Last month, Morosi reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers were expected to pursue Lindor, who was selected to his fourth career All-Star game this past season. And they likely wouldn't be alone in that regard, should Cleveland let it be known that it's willing to listen to offers this offseason.
As for the likelihood the Indians actually trade Lindor this offseason, that will depend on the offers they receive and the domino effect that Betts and/or Bryant also being traded has. But don't expect the trade chatter to quiet down anytime soon as the clock begins ticking on the future of one of baseball's best young stars.