The Cleveland Guardians, at this point, would rather trade Shane Bieber for offense or a package of prospects than keep him if given the choice.
His projected salary ($12.2 million) for 2024, his declining velocity, and increasing ERA make him a candidate to be traded at some point before the season or around the deadline.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still on the lookout for pitchers, and Bieber, even if he is not near his 2020 version, could be a good mid-rotation option for LA.
There has even been talk through the winter that the Guards might be willing to deal closer Emmanuel Clase in the right package.
If there is a time for rumors and speculation, it’s this: the offseason.
That’s why networks and media outlets continually come up with hypothetical scenarios to analyze.
In this case, MLB Network proposed a “deal” between the Guardians and Dodgers involving Bieber, Clase, and some prospects.
You can take a look here, thanks to Chris Hardy on Twitter:
— Chris Hardy🪜⚾️ (@LAHardyMoxRKO) January 9, 2024
Michael Busch is an awful defender, but he can flat-out rake if given an extended chance.
He is probably going to end up as a designated hitter or as a first baseman, but the hit tool should be able to carry him towards a successful MLB career.
He hasn’t hit in the majors yet, but slashed a strong .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs in Triple-A last year.
Gavin Stone is yet to find success in MLB, but still carries a lot of potential and is, together with Nick Frasso, the best that the Dodgers system has to offer when it comes to pitching.
Andy Pages is also a top outfield prospect.
The package would be very good for the Guardians, but they would be surrendering several years of cheap control on Clase plus the chance to have a strong mid-rotation starter in 2024 in Bieber.