6 Guardians players that won't be back for the 2024 season

With the Guardians' season over, let's turn our attention to the offseason and which players won't be coming back next season.

Jul 9, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) throws a
Jul 9, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Shane Bieber (57) throws a / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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Kole Calhoun

The Guardians don't have a ton of pending free agents to consider going into the offseason and frankly, most are guys that will not be missed very much. Case in point is Kole Calhoun who fits the mold of a veteran journeyman that just helps fill out a roster and little else to a T.

In 174 plate appearances for Cleveland in 2023, Calhoun slashed .217/.282/.376 with six homers. Modern baseball doesn't exactly have much use for guys like Kole who are the second or third bat you would bring off the bench, but he honestly fails to clear the low bar of production for such a role and the Guardians can simply do better than him without breaking the bank.

One thing Calhoun does have going for him, though, is that he is cheap as he made just $720,000 this season. IF he is willing to stick around for that much and Cleveland sees value in having him around their young players next season, that would be fine because, again, there isn't a ton of opportunity cost with bench slots these days. However, anything beyond that means Cleveland should let him walk.