Indians owner Paul Dolan isn't optimistic about keeping Lindor long-term

Frankie is under contract for the next three seasons

James Rapien
March 25, 2019 - 9:18 am
Apr 11, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan speaks during the American League Championship ring ceremony before the opening day game between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: K

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Indians fans have wondered about Francisco Lindor's future with the team all offseason long. Who wouldn't question Frankie's future in Cleveland after Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout all signed contracts worth at least $25 million per season?

Indians owner Paul Dolan discussed Lindor's future with Zack Meisel of The Athletic. The piece touched on a wide range of topics surrounding the franchise, but the comments about the three-time All-Star stood out the most. 

Dolan admitted that he didn't see the Indians signing Lindor or any player to a 10-year, $300 million contract. 

"No, but I never foresaw us doing a deal like we did with Encarnacion," Dolan told The Athletic. " You don't know. Probably the day when we do a deal like that is when somebody else is doing $1 billion deals with somebody else."

There are plenty of people worried about Lindor's future in Cleveland. The Indians' owner had a simple solution to those who are concerned

"Enjoy him," Dolan said. "We control him for three more years. Enjoy him and then we'll see what happens."

This isn't the first time he's discussed money issues and the Indians' lack of spending publicly this offseason. He told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that the team loses money most years.

There has to be a method to his madness, right? Is Dolan bringing money up as much as possible, in hopes that a buyer will come calling? Forbes says the Indians are worth over $1 billion.

Does he think that being honest with the fan base is going to make him more relatable? 

Whatever his motivation is, it's only pushing fans away. This offseason has been about cutting the payroll and building for the future. Most people think the Indians can still win the division and could've been legitimate contenders with the right offseason moves. Instead, ownership demands that the front office cut salary, so they can plan for 2019 and beyond. 

Unfortunately, that future probably doesn't include Lindor. Why go on record like this if you're Dolan? Is it to help brace fans for the inevitable trade that some have speculated will happen in the next two years?

Wouldn't every feel a little better if Dolan had said the Indians are going to do everything in its' power to keep Lindor?

They are a well-run organization. They plan ahead and prepare for the future. Why does Dolan continue to do interviews like this? 

That question is impossible to answer, but it's the key to the future of the franchise.