Trade season is rapidly approaching and with it comes speculation about what each team will do. Attempting to figure out which direction the Cleveland Guardians will go in is not easy task. While they are only 1.5 games behind the Twins in the division, they have underperformed for the majority of the season. This recent hot streak does provide some hope that things are starting to come together, but the long term sustainability of what they have been able to accomplish and the way they have gone about doing so is uncertain. That makes trying to figure out which category the Guardians fall into when it comes to buying or selling at the trade deadline.
Brandon Scott of Bleacher Report attempted to sort out the buyers and sellers, while some teams clearly fall into one or the other, the Guardians were put into the "stuck in-between" category. This feels right considering the upcoming decisions the team has to make about players such as Amed Rosario and Shane Bieber. Bieber is mentioned as the main trade piece for Cleveland, but others such as Rosario and Josh Bell could be on their way out as well.
If Cleveland can find a way to both buy and sell it could prove benefical not only just this year, but in the future as well. There is a world where the Guardians can move a few notable players while also acquiring some. This is the type of roster shuffle that the Guardians front office must embrace in order to stay relevant in the division race this year in addition to future years and the much larger team oriented end of season goals that most teams have. This Guardians team just needs a couple of moves that will shake up their roster that should result in taking the next step in the competitive cycle. A step that is really not that far off as all it takes is a move or two to get there, t-he Guardians just have to start that process before it passes them by.