Chicago Cubs should trade for Francisco Lindor

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The Chicago Cubs should make a move for Francisco Lindor this offseason.

The Chicago Cubs should make a serious push to trade for Cleveland Indians superstar shortstop, Francisco Lindor. According to MLB Trade Rumors, if the Indians look to move Lindor, the Cubs could make sense as a potential destination.

After another disappointing season and an early exit from the playoffs, the Cubs are on the verge of watching their championship window slam shut.

However, a trade for Lindor could jumpstart that championship drive once again and give them the best chance to squeeze every last drop out of this team.

For the umpteenth consecutive year, the Cubs Achilles’ heel has been their offense. No matter what they seem to do, they can’t get their offense jumpstarted. New hitting coach — same results. New manager — same results.

For whatever reason, they have struggled mightily to score runs and it continues to cost them. This postseason they managed to score a whopping one run in two playoff games against the Miami Marlins.

At some point, you have to look at the personnel on the team and wonder if a shakeup is really what’s in order. Beyond that, it feels like when the Cubs offense was humming during their World Series run, it was, at least in part, because they had a true and capable leadoff hitter in Dexter Fowler. Since his departure, the team has struggled to consistently fill that void. Lindor would fill that role for years to come.

Lindor is already a superstar in Major League Baseball and at only 26-years-old, is in the prime of his career. Over his six seasons in the big leagues, an average season for Lindor has been a .285 BA, 29 HRs, 86 RBI, 21 SB, with a .346 OBP, .488 SLG, and an .833 OPS.

He has put up these numbers while playing a premium position — shortstop. While the Cubs currently have Javier Baez at the position, he does have some experience playing second base. If they’re not inclined to move Baez, then perhaps Lindor would be willing to make the switch.

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Regardless, if a player of Lindor’s caliber is available, you accumulate the talent and find a way to make it work. He and Baez would form a formidable due up the middle, and he’d add a strong bat to an offense that can go impotent often.