The Cleveland Guardians sign one big name free agent
An easy way to win over majority of the fan base would be to bring in at least one big name from the free agent market. When the team signed Edwin Encarnacion following the 2016 World Series run it was viewed as a huge splash for the club. That team was in better position to make a run than the current squad, but a similar splash would create excitement about the 2022 season.
The signing would have to have some sort of youthful upside. There’s no questioning the direction that Cleveland is taking. Youth is the motto. The team isn’t planning for just 2022, but the future of the club. What we’re getting at is don’t expect big names like Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander to be on the list. That’s not the team’s plan or is in the budget.
However, players under the age of 30 that could provide two or three solid seasons could be great targets for Cleveland. Players like Joey Gallo, should he enter the market, Nick Castellanos if he opts out or even Kris Bryant as a utility player that fills multiple needs. Those are the players that could make a big splash.
Signing pieces to make the team better always helps. Adding a middle of the road catcher could be a plus, but if Cleveland really wants to create excitement for 2021 like they’re saying, then a big free agent splash would surely do the trick.