The Cleveland Guardians continue to hover around the .500 mark on the season and are somehow still relevant in the American League Central Division. However, the front office must take a long, hard look at the team they have constructed and realize that this year is in fact, not their year.
While the Guardians do trail the Minnesota Twins by only 1.5 games entering Sunday, their +1 run differential is the fifth-lowest in the American League. The only teams that possess a lower run differential are the three non-competitive in the division and of couse, the Oakland Athletics.
Realizing that this team is more than likely to be boatraced in the postseason should they make it that far, it would be the best course of action to move on a from a few players. Taking the opportunity to reset their roster while also being able to bring in some other options via trade deadline deals would allow this team to concentrate on 2024 and beyond. There is the possibility that this team somehow finds a way to remain competitive in the worst division in baseball after trading away these names, but that should not be the focus here. It is about looking forward to the future of the franchise.