3 positions up for grabs this offseason for the Cleveland Guardians
Less than 25 games remain in the 2021 season for the Cleveland Indians, meaning the dawn of the Cleveland Guardians is approaching. The time of the Tribe isn’t coming to the close that many hoped, but the future is still bright for the Guardians as they prepare to become the new representatives of Cleveland baseball.
While this season has had bumps and barriers for Cleveland, it has served a very valuable purpose. Multiple young prospects have been given looks at the major league level and the outlook for the future is starting to become the present. However, there’s still a few positions that are up in the air as the offseason approaches.
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Cleveland has made it a point to shed large contracts and veteran players over the last few years, preparing for the next wave of youth for the organization while also saving money. The formula has shown positive results in the past and the front office has hopes of repeating that success.
Majority of spots on the field have been taken care of at this point. Whether it be the emergence of Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie to complete the rotation, Amed Rosario stepping up at short or the addition of Myles Straw solving center field, Cleveland fans should feel much better about the club’s trajectory than at the beginning of the season.
The Cleveland Guardians shouldn’t lose too many faces this offseason, so most of the team should return. Even so, there will be a handful of spots that simply don’t have a clear answer for how the team will manage the position in 2022.
Internal candidates will fight for time and there’s the possibility of outside additions joining the team in free agency. One way or another, the front office will be searching for answers at these three positions over the coming months heading into Spring Training.