The Minnesota Twins are the reigning AL Central champions.
The Kansas City Royals have added Seth Lugo, Michael Wacha, Hunter Renfroe, Kyle Wright, Will Smith, Nick Anderson, Chris Stratton, and other impact players.
The Detroit Tigers brought in Mark Canha, Jack Flaherty, Kenta Maeda, and Andrew Chafin.
What about the Cleveland Guardians?
Well, not much to be honest.
Outside of Austin Hedges, Scott Barlow, and Ben Lively, the organization hasn’t been too active in the offseason.
Fans believed that maybe once the Shohei Ohtani situation clarified itself, or perhaps after the Winter Meetings, things would be moving faster.
That hasn’t really been the case.
A group of Guardians analysts discussed the team’s moves and the relatively quiet offseason, via BIGPLAY Cleveland Show.
Feels like the Guardians aren't doing much besides Shane Bieber trade talks…
"Let's be fair. We're changing the seat colors."
— BIGPLAY Cleveland Show (@BIGPLAYCLEshow) December 20, 2023
“Let’s be fair… we are changing the seat colors,” they said in one of the most hilarious lines we have heard on Guardians Twitter these days.
The group wondered if the team is really going to trade Emmanuel Clase and Shane Bieber.
The former looks like a longshot to be moved since he is young, good, and cheap.
Bieber, however, is another story, with the Guardians gauging his market for several weeks now.
The analysts were speculating on the 2020 AL Cy Young’s future, wondering if they are really trading him or letting his deal expire instead.
They also discussed a potential extension knowing that Bieber’s value has taken a hit, but that scenario looks unlikely.
With a 3.80 ERA in 128 innings and an arm injury that took away almost two months of his 2023, Bieber is not the same pitcher he used to be.
He still has trade value, though, and his future is likely away from Cleveland.