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Two Guardians Pitchers Reportedly on Trade Block This Offseason

Larry Rupp
Two Cleveland Guardians pitchers are rumored to be on the trade block this offseason.
Two Cleveland Guardians pitchers are rumored to be on the trade block this offseason. / AP Photos/Derrick Tuskan
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The Cleveland Guardians were just one win away from their fist ALCS appearance since 2016 before a loss to the New York Yankees eliminated them from the MLB Playoffs. The depth of their starting pitching has long been a strength, which means the team may have a few arms to deal this offseason.

Cleveland Guardians Trade Rumors

Cleveland is reportedly shopping both Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac in trade conversations. Both 27-year-old right-handers are likely expendable with Shane Bieber, Triston McKenzie and Cal Quantrill leading the starting staff. The Guardians have a variety of top pitching prospects that could get a shot in 2023 as well.

Civale struggled to stay healthy in 2022 as injuries limited him to just 97 innings across 20 starts. He finished the season with an underwhelming 5-6 record and 4.92 ERA, although he still posted strong peripherals with a 1.19 WHIP, a 9.1 K/9 and a 3.87 FIP.

Plesac is a much different pitcher due to the fact that he pitches to contact more often than not. He only owns an 18.7% career strikeout rate but still finished 2022 with a respectable 4.31 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts). However, his 3-12 record shows he hardly ever kept Cleveland in the game.

The Guardians have their eyes on the prize and opting to bank on the upside of exciting prospects rather than rely on back-end starters makes a ton of sense. Civale and Plesac are perfect buy-low candidates for teams in need of pitching help, so trading them could be a win-win for a Cleveland squad looking to repeat as AL Central champions in 2023.

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