Guardians named as potential trade partner with White Sox for star outfielder

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When it comes to positions that the Cleveland Guardians need to upgrade, outfield is near the top of that list. Outside of Steven Kwan, the Guardians have received average at-best production, with most of it being incredibly underwhelming. Cleveland did attempt to see what they could get out of Ramon Laureano and Estevan Florial, with both being designated for assignment due to poor performance. That is why it is not exactly a surprise to see them named as a potential trade partner with the Chicago White Sox for star outfielder Luis Robert Jr.

Named as the number three landing spot and the highest American League team to appear in White Sox CF Luis Robert Jr.'s Top Landing Spots amid Latest MLB Trade Rumors appearing on Bleacher Report are the Guardians. Cleveland is one of two American League Central teams on this list, checking in at two spots higher than the Kansas City Royals. Author Zachary D. Rymer put together a trade proposal for Robert that is quite pricey but could strengthen their outfield production immediately.

" Cleveland Guardians get CF Luis Robert Jr.; Chicago White Sox get 1B Kyle Manzardo (Guardians No. 2, MLB No. 60), OF Jaison Chourio (Guardians No. 3, MLB No. 97), 2B Juan Brito (Guardians No. 4)"

The inclusion of Kyle Manzardo here is not necessarily a dealbreaker, but it is pretty close. The Guardians acquired Manzardo last year in a deal that sent Aaron Civale to Tampa Bay, and there is a belief he could be a lineup mainstay for years to come. Even though Cleveland has Josh Naylor to occupy first base, Manzardo would potentially be his successor if the Guardians are not able to sign him to a long-term deal. This could make parting ways with Manzardo less likely.

Rymer also mentions highly regarded outfield prospect Chase DeLauter as someone the White Sox might want in a trade but states the Guardians may not be willing to send him to Chicago. Even though DeLauter has the potential to be a contributor in Cleveland, he still has not played above Double-A. Trading someone who could be something in return for a known commodity in Robert would be more than worthwhile if that is what it comes down to and would be worth considering if the Guardians genuinely believe they have a chance to go on a deep postseason run.