The Cleveland Guardians could still be looking to acquire another starting pitcher. This comes after the trade that sent Aaron Civale to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Kyle Manzardo. Cleveland President of Baseball Operations said that the team could look at both internal and external options.
"We do believe we will be able to address that void both through our internal options and potentially maybe even with some external acquisitions here that we’ve either made with the acquisition of Noah Syndergaard or what might transpire between now and the end of the day tomorrow"- Chris Antonetti
This quote did come prior to Noah Syndergaard exiting Monday's loss to the Astros after being hit in the leg by a comebacker. Syndergaard threw a few warmup pitches but Guardians manager Terry Francona did not like what he saw. Syndergaard was grimacing on his warmup pitches and that was enough to end his Guardians debut.
The fact that the team was looking at potentially acquiring another starter prior to Syndergaard's injury is interesting, to say the least. On one hand, the team currently has three rookie arms in their rotation in Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, and Logan Allen. The expectation is that they will reach an innings limit and thus could no longer be an option to start games. Finding another arm to eat some innings when that limit is reached will be needed. Especially considering that there is a possibility that they will be without both Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie down the stretch.
If the Guardians do acquire an additional starting pitcher it is unlikely to be anyone that will move the needle all that much. But if they are able to manage some addition by subtraction in the way of getting rid of some dead weight on their roster it would prove to be very beneficial.