Five Potential SF Giants-Cleveland Trades:
Heliot Ramos, Chadwick Tromp, Donovan Solano for Francisco Lindor
In the most likely scenario, the Giants are going to have to part with some big-league contributors with a potential top-level prospect. Heliot Ramos is one of the top-three prospects in the Giants system and after a breakout 2019 season remains a consensus top-60 prospect in baseball. Built like a strong safety, Ramos has the potential to be a five-tool player. While his hit-tool has lagged behind his others, he made great strides last season, reaching Double-A, and he still won’t turn 22 until next September.
While Cleveland would love to get their hands on Bart, Ramos would be a cornerstone outfielder that they could see making his MLB debut in 2021 and potentially locking up an everyday job by the end of the season. Ramos is probably one of the best combinations of a somewhat immediate return with a high-end upside that Cleveland could find offered for Lindor on the trade market.
At the same time, Tromp showed the ability to play great defense at catcher and handle the weak side of a platoon. If he can continue to develop his pitch recognition, he has the tools to be a passable everyday catcher with some power. He could immediately slot into Cleveland’s backstop rotation.
Donovan Solano just won the Silver Slugger and is coming off an incredible 2020 season at the plate. He’d be a cheap upgrade at a position of need for Cleveland. While the Giants wouldn’t love to part with their most consistent bat, he’s also set to be a free agent after next year. By bringing Lindor into the mix, they’d have plenty of creative ways to fill Solano’s spot.
If Cleveland decides they are going to trade Francisco Lindor, the trade market this offseason may not be as robust as many expect. With that in mind, the SF Giants have the farm system depth to take advantage of the buyer’s market and make Cleveland the best offer whether they are targetting immediate big-league returns or a deeper prospect package.