The Cleveland Indians’ season came to a screeching halt on Wednesday night, after the team lost consecutive games to the Yankees, and now talk his shifted to the future of one of their biggest stars.
Francisco Lindor has been with the Indians for his entire MLB career, since 2015, but the team elected not to commit to him long-term this season, instead electing to sign him to a one-year, $17.5 million contract.
And unfortunately for him, he didn’t exactly put up big numbers in a contract year, especially by his standards. Lindor hit only .258, with eight home runs. He also struck out 41 times in 236 at-bats, which isn’t great from an analytics perspective.
But he’s made it clear that he wants to remain in Cleveland going forward. Not only that, he recently came out and said they can afford to award him the long-term contract he’s seeking.
Of course the Indians can afford to pay Lindor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Statistically, this was the worst season of his career, and his poor production on the field certainly won’t be working in his favor going forward.