Cincinnati Reds: Possible trade packages for Francisco Lindor

CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 21: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on July 21, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 21: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on July 21, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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OAKLAND, CA – MAY 10: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians hits an rbi sacrifice fly scoring Kevin Plawecki #27 against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the seventh inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Francisco Lindor is a hot name this offseason, and the Cincinnati Reds could enter the conversation. What kind of trade package could the Reds put together?

Last winter, the Cincinnati Reds made a bold, blockbuster trade that brought Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer to town. Might the Reds look to make another blockbuster trade this offseason? Francisco Lindor, quite possibly the best shortstop in the game, is assumed to be available. What would it take for Cincinnati to land the four-time All-Star?

Cincinnati lost shortstop Zack Cozart to free agency two years ago. Cozart manned the position for seven seasons, but in 2018, the Reds decided to move forward with José Peraza as the shortstop of the future. Last season saw Peraza’s bat go quiet and he was non-tendered this offseason.

While José Iglesias flashed some serious leather last season while playing shortstop for the Reds, it appears as though Cincinnati’s front office has no interest in bringing him back. Looking for an offensive upgrade, the Reds were rumored to be after the top shortstop on the market, Didi Gregorius. However, the former Reds farmhand signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

If the season started today, Freddy Galvis would be the Cincinnati Reds starting shortstop. That’s not the worst thing in the world, as Galvis had a career-high 23 home runs in 2019. However, Galvis has a career on-base percentage below .300 and would likely be hitting in the bottom of the batting order.

Though the Cleveland Indians are not actively shopping Francisco Lindor, it’s assumed that the right offer could entice the Tribe to make a deal. Do the Reds have the goods to make a trade? If so, what might it take to bring Lindor to Cincinnati? Let’s explore a few different scenarios, shall we?