Cleveland Guardians rumors: West Coast team named as potential fit for Cal Quantrill

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There is a growing feeling that the Cleveland Guardians could trade pitcher Cal Quantrill sooner rather than later.

It was just a few days ago that it was reported that Cleveland could look to move the 28-year-old veteran pitcher, and now a potential trade partner has been identified by FanSided's MLB insider Robert Murray. The Los Angeles Dodgers. Murray believes that the Dodgers could be a landing spot for Quantrill should the Guardians genuinely look to move Quantrill, and it is a move that could make sense for both sides.

When evaluating areas that the Guardians can deal from, it is clearly their starting rotation. Much of the focus has been on Shane Bieber, and whether or not he will be donning a Guardians' uniform on Opening Day, but it seems like any imminent subtraction from that part of their roster will be Quantrill.

For Los Angeles, it would not hurt to acquire a solid pitching option that comes with some level of cost control attached. Quantrill has two more arbitration-eligible years remaining before becoming an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2025 season. An acquisition of Quantrill would allow for easier navigation of their roster's high payroll and allow for more flexibility overall.

As things stand currently, this appears to be the right course of action for the Guardians. When it comes to potential returns via trade, Cleveland should be able to get more for Bieber than what his current value is at right now. Meanwhile, what the Guardians receive in exchange for Quantrill is unlikely to change all that much. That is why it is not entirely surprising to see Quantrill as the name being floated around as a possible trade candidate over Bieber.

Will Quantrill ultimately be traded to the Dodgers? Only time will tell.