5 position players the Cleveland Guardians should target at the trade deadline

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4. Brent Rooker - Oakland Athletics

Of the players featured in this list, Oakland Athletics outfielder/designated hitter Brent Rooker seems the most likely candidate to be traded and Cleveland should definitely be interested.

Oakland has been the team that many have identified as the carcass that contending teams will pick apart like vultures for quite some time. They are not a competitive ballclub, have a few intriguing trade pieces, and are more than likely going to shed any type of future salary owed, considering their less-than-optimal stadium situation moving forward. This is exactly the time that a team like the Guardians should swoop in and make a deal for Rooker.

Unlike a few other options mentioned previously, Rooker has the ability to be the masher the Guardians have been looking for. Since landing in Oakland, Rooker has 48 home runs and 35 doubles in 214 games over two seasons. Keep in mind, this is on a very non-competitive A's team that has 84 wins dating back to the beginning of the 2023 season. Imagine what Rooker would be capable of doing alongside the likes of Jose Ramirez, Steven Kwan, and Josh Naylor. Rooker would be able to put up video game-esque numbers from a power perspective with multiple quality bats alongside him in the lineup rather than the offensively-challenged group out in Oakland.