While there’s nothing bad about an organization in sports putting its faith in their young prospects, there has to be a little give and take.
The Cleveland Guardians clearly believe that their prospects are valuable commodities, but at the same time, they chose to stay quiet at the trade deadline.
Meanwhile, their division rivals, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox, made some necessary moves to strengthen their teams.
The Guardians are sandwiched in between those two teams in the AL Central, with each team being separated by just a game.
One MLB insider posted a tweet highlighting everything each ballclub did at the deadline, listing what the Twins and White Sox did to improve their teams, and the lack of activity by the Guardians front office.
State of the AL Central at the Trade Deadline (trades that impacted the MLB rosters):
Twins: Added RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Jorge López
White Sox: Added LHP Jake Diekman, lost C Reese McGuire
Guardians: Did not add
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) August 2, 2022
Guardians Hold Firm
It’s surprising to see that the Guardians didn’t do anything.
While the standings show that they still are very much alive in the postseason chase and could still easily find a way into the playoffs, the trade deadline is an important period, and if a team is in the race and has a chance to improve, they should take that chance.
A lack of activity at the deadline in a way shows that the front office isn’t fully invested in the team and that winning isn’t their top priority.
It shows that they aren’t as hungry as other teams.
The Twins are in first place, and they did more than the Guardians by far.
When a team ahead of you in the standings is hungrier than your team and making the necessary moves, that shows that there’s a culture issue in your team’s front office, and that they don’t care enough to try and make the team better.
Standing pat at the deadline is always a bad idea, but the Guardians did just that.