One Last-Minute Trade the Guardians Need to Make to Win the World Series

Devon Platana
One last-minute trade that the Cleveland Guardians need to make to win the 2022 World Series.
One last-minute trade that the Cleveland Guardians need to make to win the 2022 World Series. / AP Photos/Ron Schwane

Teams across the MLB are scrambling to complete deals now that the trade deadline is just over 24 hours away. The Cleveland Guardians are one club expected to pursue some outside help to improve their +7500 odds to win the 2022 World Series (T-No. 15) on FanDuel Sportsbook.

If the Guardians hope to establish themselves as legitimate contenders, it makes sense for them to go all-in on Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto. It'll be a tough last-minute deal to pull off, but the Guardians have been in the thick of the sweepstakes this long and may as well ride it out.

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Between injuries and inconsistent play, the Guardians need a difference-maker like Soto in the outfield. The two-time All-Star finished was the NL MVP runner-up just last year and consistently shows why he has all the tools to be a future Hall of Famer.

As far as this season goes, Soto has 20 home runs and 45 RBIs through 100 games. While his .243 batting average is down compared to last year (.313), his .878 on-base plus slugging percentage is still solid and he's also on pace to lead the Majors in walks for the second consecutive year.

The Athletic's Zack Meizel is more than confident that the Guardians have the necessary pieces to land Soto. The club owns eight of the MLB's top-100 prospects to help entice the Nationals while fielding enough Major-League talent to ensure that Cleveland is competitive upon Soto's arrival.

Any time a player of Soto's caliber is available, there's going to be a war to acquire him. The Guardians know this and must put their best offer forward. Considering that he's under team control for two more years after this season and wants a long-term deal, giving up multiple top prospects is well worth the asking price.

The good news is that baseball fans will, hopefully, see the Soto sweepstakes come to an end at the trade deadline, which takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

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