The Cleveland Guardians outfield of the future is finally coming together
The outfield in Cleveland has been a bit of a mess for the last handful of seasons. Free agent additions from Carlos Gonzalez to Domingo Santana have been tried. Trade acquisitions like Jordan Luplow and Josh Naylor have made appearances. There’s even the home grown players like Bradley Zimmer. No matter what the team has tried, nothing as worked.
Luckily, a glimpse of the future outfield is starting to form, and it’s being assembled from all angles. Picking up Harold Ramirez prior to the start of the season got the ball rolling and adding Myles Straw at the trade deadline is seeming like a clear trade-win already. Pair those moves with a few rising prospects and there’s a chance that the outfield will no longer be a Cleveland concern in the very near future.
There’s still the chance of moving parts and timing will obviously play a factor, but the introduction to the Cleveland Guardians on Opening Day next year could include the beginning of a steady outfield for the first time in a very long time for the organization. This isn’t a situation where the players have to make leaps and bounds either. They just have to continue doing what they’re already doing, and in some cases, transition that to the majors.
What might be the most intriguing aspect about this group is that all four will be 27-years old or younger at the start of next season. On top of that, all four will be under contract through at least the 2025 season. If this group can click, then the outfield should be solidified for at least a few seasons.
So we’ve already name-dropped two of the players, but these four should be the future of the outfield in Cleveland. They might not all start for the Cleveland Guardians on Opening Day 2022, but over the next season or two they should all start to settle in with Cleveland if they can continue to exhibit the sample they’ve shown.