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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 08:05 pm
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Francisco Lindor is one of a group of exciting young shortstops throughout Major League Baseball. He hits, he runs, he fields his position with slickness and grace. The Cleveland Indians - and their fans - hope he stays in Ohio for many years to come.

This may be tricky. The team reportedly offered Lindor an extension before the 2017 season worth around $100 million, but he rejected it. Under team control through 2021, it's understandable that the team would want to lock him up beyond then.

Team owner Paul Dolan said he's aware the team's initial offer wasn't enough, the Cleveland Jewish News' Ed Carroll reports. As of now, he's unsure what will get the job done.

"I know what is not enough, we tried," Dolan said. "I don't know. We love Lindor."

The Indians locked up versatile infielder/outfielder Jose Ramirez to a five-year, $26-million extension in late March. It wasn't long after that news of the team's attempts to hold onto Lindor began to surface.

It's clear why the Indians would want to keep him. Lindor has a .303/.355/.467 slash line with 35 home runs and 32 stolen bases over 289 career games while playing expert defense at a difficult position. For these same reasons, it makes sense for Lindor to hold out and boost his value even further.