The Cleveland Guardians are already looking forward to the 2024 MLB season.
They already hired their new manager in former Oakland A’s catcher Stephen Vogt.
Now the Guardians front office has to do their part in putting the best roster on the field.
Free agency is underway and it will be interesting to see what the Guardians do.
But, there are still some awards to hand out from last season, which some Guardians are up for.
According to Bally Sports Cleveland, four Guardians are in the running to be named to the All-MLB team.
The four are Emmanuel Clase, Steven Kwan, Josh Naylor, and Jose Ramirez.
Not one, not two, not three, but 4️⃣ nominees from the Guardians for 2023's All-MLB Team!
— Bally Sports Cleveland (@BallySportsCLE) November 9, 2023
All four players had great seasons and are deserving of this honor.
But it is Clase, Naylor, and Ramirez with the most likely chances.
Clase led all of baseball in saves this year with 44.
Also, he finished 65 games and pitched to a 3.22 ERA.
That is now back-to-back seasons that Clase led baseball in saves.
He has established himself as one of the best closers in the sport and is much deserving of an All-MLB honor.
As for Naylor and Ramirez, they were the Guardians’ most consistent hitters this year.
Naylor hit .308 while driving in a career-high 97 runs, while Ramirez flew under the radar with another strong statistical campaign.
He hit .282 with 24 home runs and 28 stolen bases.
While his stats will not jump off the page, Ramirez was once again consistent.
Opposing teams still fear him as well.
He led the AL in intentional walks with 22.
The Guardians may have had a down year as a team, but a few of their players shined through the cracks.