The Cleveland Indians may begin the 2021 campaign without one of their best players.
Lindor, 26, has been mentioned in trade rumors since last offseason. A contract extension in Cleveland appears unlikely, with the four-time All-Star expected to be too pricey for the cash-strapped Indians.
Cleveland's ownership is also demanding the team cut payroll, according to Nightengale.
Trading Lindor before Opening Day would save the Indians from paying him any of the $20 million he's expected to earn through arbitration before next season.
The two-time Gold Glove winner is also eligible for free agency following the 2021 campaign.
Lindor has been one of baseball's top players since making his MLB debut in 2015, authoring a .285/.346/.488 slash line with 138 home runs, 411 RBIs, and 99 steals.