3 Players who may not be in the Guardians' plans for 2024

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Shane Bieber

This is far from being considered popular, but it exists in nearly every possibility that Dr. Strange could envision. The fact of the matter is that there is a scenario in which Shane Bieber is not in a Cleveland Guardians uniform next season.

The rumors about Cleveland potentially trading the 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner have been growing. They peaked this season as the Guardians were underperforming and as the trade deadline inched ever closer. Any possibility of that ended when Bieber went down due to an injury, with the Guardians opting to trade Aaron Civale to the Tampa Bay Rays at the deadline instead.

The outstanding pitching performances that the Guardians have received from their rookie trio of Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, and Logan Allen could factor into a decision that involves moving Bieber. There is also the eventual return of Triston McKenzie to take into consideration as well as other pitching prospects making their way through the system. This points clearly in the direction of Bieber being an off-season trade candidate. It may be too difficult of a proposition for Cleveland to pass up. If they can get a good enough offer which at least includes an impact bat being immediately inserted into their lineup, Bieber could find himself wearing the uniform of a different team come next season's Opening Day.