Trade season is here and there will be some intrigue regarding exactly what the Cleveland Guardians will do. Arguments can be made for the team to go in either direction considering that they largely underperformed for the majority of the season. Even with how they have played Cleveland is still only 1.5 games back from the American League Central divison leading MInnesota Twins, making this situation all the more complicated.
Should the Guardians not be able to make up enough ground by the trade deadline, they could end up in a position to sell. The good news is that if they end up having to go down the road of trading away players at the deadline, they would be dealing from a position that usually commands a return that can be somewhat substantial. Pitching.
Two of Cleveland's pitchers in their starting rotation were named in MLB Trade Rumors' Top 50 Deadline Trade Candidates: Early July Edition. It is important to note that the list has the following preface in regards to how it was compiled.
"As we do every summer, MLBTR will look at the top deadline candidates. This is not a strict ranking of players’ trade value, nor is it solely about likelihood of being moved. We’re trying to balance both of those things, which inherently involves subjectivity. A player in the top ten might have significantly less appeal than someone at the bottom of the list, but if they’re far more likely to be dealt for a return of some note, they’ll be higher on this kind of ranking."- Anthony Franco of MLB Trade Rumors