The Francisco Lindor market is taking shape.
The New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as the strongest suitors to acquire the Cleveland Indians shortstop, sources tell Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Trade talks between the clubs haven't been serious yet and they don't appear to be close to a deal at this stage of the offseason, Morosi adds.
Cleveland reportedly plans to move the four-time All-Star before Opening Day 2021, with the team's ownership looking to cut payroll.
Lindor, who turns 27 on Nov. 14, is slated to make somewhere between $17.5 million and $21.5 million in his final year of arbitration before being eligible for free agency next winter, which could put him in line for a massive multi-year contract if he hits the open market.
The Puerto Rican star has won two Silver Sluggers and two Gold Gloves while slashing .285/.346/.488 with 138 home runs and 99 steals over six seasons with the Indians.