3 horrible moves that doomed the Cleveland Guardians in 2023

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BONUS: What did not doom the Guardians

Yes, a bonus slide is needed due to the nonsensical discource that has taken place on the internet and local sports talk radio this season.

Cleveland's decision to trade Amed Rosario, Josh Bell, and Aaron Civale did not doom the Guardians. This was a team that was very flawed from the start, and the fact they were as close to the division leading Minnesota Twins as they were says more about how much they have underperformed rather than how close the Guardians were to being a contending team.

When reflecting upon the season and how many things did not go their way, it was completely understandable for the team to operate in the manner they did. The front office recognized that this was a team that was not going anywhere and realized trading away prospects for players would only hurt down the line and not make them closer to being a championship team.

The reailty is that there was simply not a way to make enough moves to make up for the volume of arms in their rotation they were missing, in addition to making an offense that was mostly terrible into one that would be considered postseason worthy.

Hindsight may be necessary to realize the approach taken by the front office was correct, even though there may still be some people out there yelling into the void about a team that was not going to accomplish all that much when it was all said and done.