Could the Cleveland Guardians be reunited with Franmil Reyes?

There are a number of teams interested in designated hitter Franmil Reyes, and that includes the Cleveland Guardians, his former club.
Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Guardians - Game One
Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Guardians - Game One / Ron Schwane/GettyImages
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According to MLB insider Héctor Gómez, there is a market out there for designated hitter Franmil Reyes, and it includes the Cleveland Guardians.

Gómez reports that Cleveland - in addition to the Marlins, Twins, Orioles, and at least three Japanese teams - have shown an interest in Reyes, who played in 19 games for the Kansas City Royals in 2023, striking out 24 times in 59 at-bats.

It obviously makes sense for Cleveland to at least be interested in Reyes. Not only are the Guardians scooping up lottery tickets left and right this offseason, but the team does have its own history with Reyes. As recently as 2022, Reyes was expected to be the big slugger backing up José Ramírez for years to come.

That is, until he fell off a cliff that season, hitting just .213/.254/.350 with nine home runs and 104 strikeouts in 280 plate appearances with the Guardians before being let go by the team. He has since spent time with the Cubs and Royals, but hasn't come anywhere close to being the guy with 30-homer power at the major-league level.

That being said, why not sign him to a minor-league deal? The Guardians are looking anywhere and everywhere to help their power-deprived offense, and that's something Reyes can provide in abundance when things are going right. Cleveland might ultimately not be able to help Reyes fix his approach at the plate, but it couldn't hurt to try one more time.