The Cleveland Indians acquired an outfielder prior to the MLB trade deadline, but he is likely not the player fans were expecting or hoping for.
Heading into today, the possibility of the Cleveland Indians acquiring a bat was very realistic. No, they did not make a deal for now Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Beltran or New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce, but they add depth to the position.
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The price to pay was, understandably, not to the extend the Tribe gave up for left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller. Guyer is not that exciting name who could be a difference maker. On the other hand, he is an improvement for the lineup against left handers.
Hopefully, Guyer can maintain his success against lefties as a member of the Cleveland Indians. As fans know, that was an area that could be improved upon. Still, is Guyer the best Cleveland could get to add to the outfield?
Apparently he is, even though there were and still are players that would have been a better fit. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig comes to mind. I understand he has not performed well this season, but he is only 25 years old! If he could have a new change of scenery, Puig has the potential to be a superstar.
Simply put, Guyer is the newest Marlon Byrd (without the suspensions). In fact, right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall still has yet to show that he can provide the consistent production to be counted on regularly. He is better suited in a platoon role at best.
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Could Guyer ultimately replace Chisenhall down the road in such a role? That could be something worth keeping in mind.
I support what the Cleveland Indians did as a whole at the trade deadline. Having Ramirez be the guy at third also is an underrated improvement. The one part where I would have like to have seen an adjustment is another outfielder, perhaps Bradley Zimmer be the replacement for Clint Frazier.
The exciting move was Miller, but adding Guyer is going to help. It would have been nice to get another piece, but at the end of the day the Cleveland Indians significantly got better.