It was just a few days ago that a trade of Shane Bieber appeared to be completely off the table for the Cleveland Guardians. The team designated Cal Quantrill for assignment due to money owed and an uncertain financial situation involving their television deal. Quantrill was eventually dealt to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a minor league catching prospect, but it is a subsequent move made by the Guardians that makes a reassessment of their current situation absolutely necessary.
Cleveland agreed to a deal with San Diego that saw them land relief pitcher Scott Barlow from the Padres for Enyel De Los Santos. It is the added salary projection from Barlow after a previous removal of financial commitment from their organization that may lead some to wonder if the Guardians would seriously consider moving the former Cy Young Award winner this winter.
There were a handful of trade proposals presented to former MLB executive Jim Bowden that were addressed in MLB trade scenarios: Bowden answers 25 questions on top starters, big bats and more appearing in The Athletic (subscription required), two of which happened to be particularly intriguing. Both proposals involve the Guardians moving Bieber in order to find some much-needed help in their outfield.