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Guardians Sign Former Top Prospect to Minor League Deal

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Cleveland Guardians signed former top prospect Anthony Alford to a minor league deal.
The Cleveland Guardians signed former top prospect Anthony Alford to a minor league deal. / Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Monday was an important roster deadline for all 30 teams around baseball, as the league trimmed down active rosters from 28 players to 26. It left the Cleveland Guardians, who are off to a somewhat surprising 10-12 start, with an intriguing opportunity to sign former top prospect Anthony Alford to a minor league deal.

Anthony Alford Guardians

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Alford for assignment over the weekend as part of this roster crunch. A former second-round pick back in 2012, Alford opted for free agency instead of reporting to Pirates minor league camp.

The Guardians pounced on this opportunity to sign the former top-100 minor leaguer (2016 and 2017), who has been prone to injuries over the last six years.

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This comes on the heels of Cleveland DFA'ing two of their own former top prospects on Monday, Bobby Bradley and pitcher Logan Allen.

Alford joins the Guardians' minor league camp with 102 games and 240 MLB plate appearances under his belt. He's slashed just .209/.275/.368 in that span dating back to 2017, but was once heralded for his combination of raw power and speed.

The 27-year-old outfielder rose up the prospect rankings after dominating excelling in Single-A, but has dealt with at least one injury in every season since 2016. The hope is Alford can remain healthy and fine-tuning his craft with the Guardians minor league clubs.

Cleveland now holds +750 odds to win the AL Central on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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