It appears that the Cleveland Guardians were definitely interested in a few of the now-former Los Angeles Angels players placed on waivers.
Cleveland claimed pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Matt Moore, according to reports. Eric Haase and Peyton Battenfield have been designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
Interestingly enough, the Guardians opted to take all three pitchers placed on waivers by the Angels while the other team in Ohio, the Cincinnati Reds, claimed outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe could have been an interesting addition to the Guardians' lineup if they could have ended up acquiring his services.
Giolito's transition to Los Angeles did not go well, as his 6.89 ERA would be the worst mark in his career, and his 1.469 WHIP was the third-worst. Perhaps returning to the American League Central can lead to better results for the former Chicago White Sox right-hander.
Lopez was also sent to the Angels in their ill-fated attempt to contend this season. Considering the state of the Guardians bullpen, adding another relief pitcher into the mix makes sense. Cleveland could use another arm with experience in their relief corps.
Moore is the only player who was not traded to Los Angeles before the trade deadline, as he began the year with the ballclub. The veteran lefty is having one of his better years with a 2.86 ERA and 1.023 WHIP in 41 relief appearances. Like Lopez, Moore is another arm to help bolster their bullpen. The left-handed Moore is an option to turn to besides Sam Hentges, Tim Herrin, and Daniel Norris.
No matter the result of the season, these are good moves by the Guardians. Perhaps these additions to their staff help in their quest to remain relevant in the American League Central division race. If Cleveland is unable to cut into the lead of the Minnesota Twins, Giolito could be a candidate to eat some innings if the Guardians rookie starters reach their limits for the season.