It has been another frustrating season for fans of the Cleveland Guardians. The offense has been pretty pitiful all season and despite seemingly being in the thick of the race for the AL Central title, the team decided to sell their best pitcher this season, Aaron Civale, at the trade deadline and division has been slowly slipping away from them ever since.
In fairness to the Cleveland front office, one can understand their skepticism about the Guardians' chances in the playoffs even if many of the problems are, in fact, the front office's fault. The Guardians have one of the worst offenses in the league and while they did have a shot at a playoff spot, it was because no team in the division has played well this season and the likelihood of a quick first round exit was quite high even if they kept Civale and managed to chase down the Twins.
Instead of dwelling on that missed opportunity, one just has to look to the future and see what changes need to happen for Cleveland to be successful in 2024. The first step is identifying the players that the Guardians just need to move on from after this season.
Here are 4 Guardians players that are playing their way out of the team's 2024 plans
There are a lot of viable candidates for a Guardians' roster culling, so don't consider this the definitive and final list of players that could be gone after this season. With the issues on the offensive side of the ball, there are only a handful of guys that should be considered safe bets to return next season and even that could be pushing it. One can only hope that the front office actually makes some changes for the better or, well, it could be another long, frustrating season in 2024.
Let's take a look at 4 Guardians players that could be playing their way out of town.