Despite the Cleveland Guardians already moving one of their starting pitchers this offseason, the yo-yo-ing of the will-they or won't-they with Shane Bieber continues.
MLB Network's Jon Morosi stated that "several teams" have shown interest in acquiring the former Cy Young Award winner. The fact Bieber was able to return to the mound at the end of the season has alleviated some concerns about his health and whether or not the injury that sidelined him in 2023 would carry over into 2024.
If the Guardians truly feel inclined to move Bieber this offseason, do not expect a trade any time soon, as Morosi believes that it is more likely to occur after the Winter Meetings. This would allow any potential teams to explore options in free agency first before entering any trade discussions. Should any team in need of starting pitching and miss out on the available free agents, contacting Cleveland about Bieber would be a more than logical next move.
Ultimately, it is going to come down to how aggressive teams would want to pursue a potential acquisition of Bieber for Cleveland to move him this winter. The Guardians are not in a position where trading him is an absolute must, but they also do not have a reason to turn down any inquiries or serious offers for him either. This is a classic listen-to offers for anyone on their roster situation for the Guardians. It is not exactly a secret that this team will listen to offers for anyone on their roster, particularly those who are on the cusp of becoming an unrestricted free agent.
What this all comes down to is Bieber being part of an area on the roster that the Guardians can afford to deal from and the front office being open to it. If they receive an offer that would improve their offense for a player that may not be in their long-term plans, it would be incredibly difficult to turn down, considering their struggles last season.