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Guardians Trade Former Top Prospect to Rockies

Tyler Maher
The Cleveland Guardians have traded a former top prospect to the Colorado Rockies.
The Cleveland Guardians have traded a former top prospect to the Colorado Rockies. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The hot stove has been getting hotter this week as players have begun switching teams via trades and free agency.

The Cleveland Guardians were busy on Tuesday with a pair of trades, including an intriguing swap with the Colorado Rockies.

Guardians-Rockies Trade

One of Cleveland's trades involved sending outfielder Nolan Jones to Colorado in exchange for infielder Juan Brito.

Jones, 24, was a second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft who finally reached the majors in 2022. He didn't dazzle but was solid for a rookie, batting .244/.309/.372 with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs in 28 games.

He'll now look to build on that performance with the Rockies, who sent back a 21-year-old shortstop in Brito. Brito is likely still several years away from the majors after spending all of 2022 in A ball, but he performed well there with an impressive .286/.407/.470 slash line in 107 games.

The Guardians apparently feel that Brito has more upside and a better long-term outlook. They may also be trying to sell high on Jones if they feel he isn't likely to progress.

Jones should benefit from the move to Colorado, which has the best hitter's park in baseball in Coors Field. As for Brito, he joins an organization teeming with young talent that appears poised to contend for years to come after winning the AL Central in 2022.

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