Taking a way too early look at potential Guardians trade chips
Much like with Karinchak, Myles Straw is someone that potential playoff teams could value down the stretch. While his bat has left a lot to be desired over the last season-plus (.222/.296/.271 slash in last 188 games). The value that teams would see is in his defense and speed on the basepaths. Straw won a Gold Glove last season and his baserunning abilities can be extremely valuable for teams in need of a pinch runner late in games.
Contractually teams would have to sign on for another three-plus years of Straw as he is signed through 2026 with club options for 2027 and 2028. That may be too much of a commitment for a team looking for a fourth outfielder, but it is not impossible. All it takes is a team suddenly finding themselves in need of a defensive or stolen base specialist and Straw becomes an attractive trade piece.