In the early hours Thursday morning, the Cleveland Indians' 2020 season came to an end with a 10-9 loss to the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series. So too may have Francisco Lindor's time in Cleveland, with the 4-time All-Star shortstop admitting he's considered that he may have played his final game with the Indians.
"It has crossed my mind because a lot of you guys have mentioned it," Lindor said during a Zoom call with reporters on Thursday. "I haven't really sat back and thought about it. But if I said it hasn't crossed my mind, I'd be lying because on social media, everybody, that's all they talk about and that's what you have been talking about for the past year. Yeah, it has crossed my mind. I haven't really thought about it deeply about it enough to say, 'Wow, this actually could be my last game.'"
Lindor's not wrong that discussions of his future in Cleveland have dated all the way back to the conclusion of the 2019 campaign. With the 2-time Silver Slugger only under contract through the 2021 season, many figured the Indians may try to trade their franchise player rather than risk losing him for nothing.