Guardians surprisingly designate key pitcher for assignment

The Cleveland Guardians are making adjustments to their roster for the upcoming 2023 season, with talks of potentially trading star pitcher Shane Bieber and designating starter Cal Quantrill for assignment.

Despite having two years left on his contract, Cleveland's decision to designate Cal Quantrill for assignment comes as a surprise. 

Cleveland faced pitching struggles in the 2023 season, raising questions about the team's rotation. 

The Guardians struggled with offensive performance in 2023, putting emphasis on the need to address offensive gaps during the upcoming offseason.

While Jose Ramirez remains a standout performer, other key players like Josh Naylor, Andres Gimenez, and Steven Kwan faced inconsistencies in their 2023 performances.

To bolster their lineup, Cleveland aims to acquire at least two reliable hitters during the offseason, addressing a crucial need for offensive power.

 Cleveland's bullpen remains a strong point, with closer Emmanuel Clase leading the way. A solid bullpen is crucial for the team's success in the upcoming season.

 If Shane Bieber stays with the team, he is expected to lead the starting rotation in 2024, bringing his valuable experience and skills to the mound.

The Guardians are optimistic about Triston McKenzie's potential to be an ace pitcher. 

With Quantrill no longer in the rotation, the third spot is likely to be filled by Tanner Bibee, a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year. 

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