4. Jorge Soler
Back to our regularly scheduled programming of trying to find a power-hitting outfielder to add to the mix.
Jorge Soler is coming off his highest home run total (36) since he clobbered 48 during the 2019 season. This is in addition to his RBI total (75), also being the highest since that same season (117). Soler was actually a pretty well-rounded hitter last season, as he was still able to slash .250/.341/.512 with 66 walks. Soler's usual high strikeout followed this past season, punching out 141 times in 580 plate appearances, but his production at the plate more than made up for it.
Of course, there is a very big risk for the Guardians if they were to sign Soler. While he was a productive bat for the Marlins in 2023, the previous three seasons were hardly encouraging. Soler did manage to finish with 48 doubles and 48 home runs from 2020-2022 but slashed .219/.312./425 while striking out 292 times in 1,082 plate appearances.
When it comes to Soler, he is truly a boom-or-bust type player. The lows are far from encouraging but still contribute enough to be around league in the weighted runs created plus department, but it is the highs that can take a lineup like Cleveland's to heights that may not be possible without a player capable of what he can do while locked in at the plate.