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Trade Rumors Link Guardians to Slugging All-Star

Adam Taylor McKillop
The latest MLB trade rumors link the Cleveland Guardians to an All-Star slugging first baseman in Matt Olson of the Oakland Athletics.
The latest MLB trade rumors link the Cleveland Guardians to an All-Star slugging first baseman in Matt Olson of the Oakland Athletics. / David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cleveland Guardians limped to an 80-82 finish while missing the playoffs for just the second time in six years in 2021. Now, the team must hold pace with the Chicago White Sox and a young Detroit Tigers team ready to take the next step.

Fortunately, the latest MLB trade rumors link Cleveland to one of the best players available in the trade market.

Guardians Trade Rumors

The free-agent frenzy continues following the lockout, but the Guardians may be in the trade market for slugging first baseman Matt Olson.

Matt Olson Cleveland Guardians

Olson was already popping up all over MLB circles and those rumors heightened after the A's dealt starting pitcher Chris Bassitt on Saturday. It looks like Oakland is shopping its wave of All-Stars and MLB insider Ken Rosenthal pegs the Guardians as a strong landing spot for Olson.

Rosenthal cites Cleveland's financial flexibility ($163 million over luxury cap) and a strong farm system (top-10) as reasons why. The A's reportedly asked the New York Yankees for top prospect Anthony Volpe in pre-lockout trade discussions, meaning the asking price is high.

Olson is a premier talent at first base. The two-time Gold Glover slashed .271/.371/.540 a year ago with 39 home runs and 111 RBIs.

Time will tell if the Guardians can make this sort of blockbuster trade splash. Currently, Cleveland owns +7000 odds to win the World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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