5 position players the Cleveland Guardians should look to trade for

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2. Jurickson Profar - San Diego Padres

It has taken much longer than anticipated, but one of the most hyped young players in the past decade is finally playing at or above the level that was expected of him, making San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar an intriguing trade candidate for the Cleveland Guardians.

Profar has a .323/.421/.495 slash line with 10 doubles, eight home runs, and a 168 OPS+ through 59 games. This is notably better than his career average slash line of .243/.328/.390 and OPS+ of 96. Even if Profar were to completely revert to this level of performance, it would still be an upgrade over the likes of the now-departed Ramon Laureano and the recently DFA'd Estevan Florial.

The biggest obstacle when it comes to a potential trade for Profar would be the state of the Padres. Even though the Padres are hovering around .500 at this moment, they are a very talented team capable of putting together an impressive run that could cut into the 6.5-game lead the Los Angeles Dodgers currently possess. Should the Padres go on a run, there is no doubt that Profar would be a key part of that, making a trade for him impossible. However, if the Padres continue to play uninspiring baseball, he could be available for the Guardians to add to their lineup.