There’s a lot to like about Clement, but only as a utility player off the bench. The former 2017 fourth-round pick has the hair, name and stirrups of a stereotypical MLB player. That doesn’t necessarily mean he has a place with the Guardians. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t make the jump needed to cement his place with the team, because when he goes off (and he has in small spurts) it’s really exciting to watch.
Clement would definitely need to get packaged with some other players (Amed Rosario?) to warrant any tangible return, and I’d hate to give him up for nothing. Maybe another club sees Clement as a good glove that just needs more consistency at the plate. He does have five more years under contract after all. Why not take a swing at him at second base if it means unloading a contract?
He got overwhelmed by prospects and newcomers almost immediately and hasn’t shown the same promise and potential that Giménez, Arias and others do. Another move of dealing from a position of strength for sure.