MLB Insider Names Guardians' Biggest Hole Down the Stretch

Adam Taylor McKillop
An MLB insider has named the Cleveland Guardians' biggest hole down the stretch.
An MLB insider has named the Cleveland Guardians' biggest hole down the stretch. / AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King
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The MLB trade deadline came and went earlier this week, allowing several teams to load up for a postseason run. The Cleveland Guardians made just one minor deal at that saw them acquire pitcher Ian Hamilton from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for catcher Sandy Leon.

One MLB insider believes the Guardians failed to address a "gaping hole" on the roster, specifically at first base.

ESPN's Bradford Doolittle expressed many of the concerns felt by Guardians fans everywhere, the team failed to make a splash despite a strong roster construction that could result in postseason success.

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Doolittle called first base one of the easier positions to make marginal upgrades during a deadline, and Cleveland went mum instead. Cleveland's pairing of Josh Naylor and Owen Miller rank just 19th, according to Doolittle's positional ranks. This issue is exacerbated but the season-long slump from DH Franmil Reyes.

Naylor has actually put together a decent campaign at the dish, slashing .273/.324/.494 overall and doing most of his damage against righties. He's made 48 starts at first base and this overall "hole" on the roster would be much bigger without his presence.

It's fair to call Cleveland's entire offensive output concerning. The Guardians rank just 16th in runs scored and 17th in OPS. This is for a team that sits just 2.0 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot, and 1.0 game back in the division race.

Perhaps one bat isn't enough to push the Guardians into the World Series favorites conversation, but sitting back and adding zero talent at the deadline has to frustrate the team's fanbase.

For now, the Guardians hold +120 odds to make the postseason on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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