5 Cleveland Guardians that must improve with Steven Kwan out of the lineup

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Ramon Laureano

There are a couple of players on this list whose time with the Cleveland Guardians organization could be coming to an end in the near future, and Ramon Laureano is one of them. Cleveland took a chance on Laureano last season, hoping that a change of scenery could do him some good. While he was able to produce at a league-average level down the stretch last year, it has not carried over into 2024. 

Laureano has nine hits in 61 at-bats (75 plate appearances) with 28 strikeouts and seven walks. The only positive about his low amount of hits collected is nearly half of them have gone for extra bases (three doubles and one home run). 

Ideally, Laureano would be able to find a way to be passable with a bat in his hands, making up for some of the offensive production from Cleveland's outfield without Steven Kwan. The issue with Laureano is he has mostly been a non-factor at the plate, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to justify his roster spot. Laureano's only saving grace is that he can play in both right and center field, giving him some versatility defensively that could be used as a late-game replacement for someone who is not adept in the area. Additionally, his speed and ability on the basepaths should give him a little more time as well over some other less intriguing options.