Will the Cleveland Guardians avoid another blockbuster trade?
Blockbuster trades have become the theme of the offseason for Cleveland over the last few seasons. Between the 2020 and 2021 season the club sent Francisco Lindor to the New York Mets. The offseason between 2019 and 2020 saw Corey Kluber dealt for Emmanuel Clase. The December between 2018 and 2019 was the trade of Edwin Encarnacion. What could this offseason bring?
The hope is nothing. Cleveland has spent the last three seasons shedding large contracts and adding future assets, preparing for right now. The rebuilding of the organization. There are very few pieces left to move. However, there are enough that this is still a talking point.
The aforementioned bargain contract of Jose Ramirez is one that nearly all other 29 teams would love to get their hands on. Would Cleveland trade their best player? Hopefully not, but that hasn’t stopped them in the past. The difference is that Lindor, Kluber and Encarnacion were all going to weigh down the books for Cleveland. Ramirez will be far from that.
Given all the facts of the situation, Ramirez shouldn’t be in trade talks, but it’s also hard to ignore the history of the front office. Nearly everyone around Cleveland doesn’t want to move Ramirez, but are the Dolans included in that?