3 Cleveland Guardians players who do not deserve to be back in 2024

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The Cleveland Guardians season is coming to a close, and with it comes a time to evaluate which players should and should not be part of their plans moving forward. The following are three players who should not be on the roster for the 2024 season.

1. Cam Gallagher

It is incredibly difficult to make a case for Cam Gallagher being on this team in 2024. Gallagher is not impressive offensively, with just 18 hits in 136 at-bats while striking out 44 times this season. 12 of his hits this season are singles, with the remaining six being doubles. Gallagher's .132/.162/.176 slash line and .338 OPS are the worst marks of his career.

Cleveland's backstop of the future is Bo Naylor, and yet, Gallagher has seen much more time behind the plate than anyone would have preferred this season. While some of that is in part to the signing of Mike Zunino being a complete failure, the fact of the matter is that this a team that must go all-in on the younger Naylor brother.

Is there a world where Gallagher returns next season as Naylor's backup? Sure, but other options should be explored, as it would be nice to have a backup catching option capable of running into one rather than employing someone who has not homered since 2021.