Other Offseason Moves
The other moves that the Guardians made this offseason were all minor moves for roster management or to bring in depth pieces.
They acquired pitcher Jason Bilous off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox. Bilous has impressed this spring and adds an interesting depth piece who may see time out of the bullpen or as a fill-in spot starter throughout 2023. While not moving the needle to excite fans, this was a solid move that could pay dividends over the course of a long season.
Cleveland also executed a trade acquiring infielder Juan Brito from the Colorado Rockies for highly regarded infielder Nolan Jones. Jones clearly did not fit into the Guardians' long-term plan, as he continued to struggle with strikeout issues (and has since been optioned by the Rockies). In Brito, they added a younger infielder who they hope will develop into more, but has never played above Single-A.
The Guardians also traded Owen Miller to the Brewers to open a 40-man roster spot for Zunino. This is the type of trade that Guardians GM Mike Chernoff has made opportunistically to receive something back rather than releasing players and losing them for nothing. While it will have little impact directly on the 2023 season, it is a sound strategy that has paid dividends in helping the Guardians to build minor-league depth in recent seasons.