The offseason is upon us and is in full swing.
The stove is heating up as trades and free agent signings are beginning to take place.
It was a quiet offseason last year for the Cleveland Guardians.
However, that didn’t stop them from surprising the entire baseball world and running away with the American League Central.
Led by Manager of the Year Terry Francona, the Guardians won 92 games and reached the ALDS.
But with their season having ended in disappointing fashion, there is work to do with both the lineup and the starting rotation.
On Twitter, a Guardians fan began his day with a simple request, saying that it would be a good day for the team to upgrade its rotation and lineup.
Today is a great day for the Cleveland Guardians to:
• Make the lineup/rotation better via trade or FA.
That’s the list.
— La Mole (@FranmilsEyebrow) November 17, 2022
Guardians Offseason Needs
The Guardians do already have a solid rotation, one that features Shane Bieber, Triston McKenzie, Cal Quantrill, and Zach Plesac.
But a back-end starter would be beneficial for them in 2023, given the struggles of Aaron Civale, who posted a 4.92 ERA in 2022.
Starters such as Michael Wacha, Jose Quintana, Taijuan Walker, or Andrew Heaney could potentially fill the hole in their rotation.
As for the offense, there could be a spot open for the team to add a bat or two.
Adding a catcher appears to be the team’s top priority with Austin Hedges now a free agent.
A trade for Sean Murphy wouldn’t be a stretch.
A bat to fill the designated hitter role could also be an area where they choose to upgrade.
Trey Mancini, J.D. Martinez, and Matt Carpenter could be fits.
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