The Cleveland Guardians have already said goodbye to five players.
The Cleveland Guardians have not had a great start to their season and in turn, have had to say goodbye to five players already this season. Granted, none of them are huge names, but some of them are mighty disappointments who were supposed to help the team start hot.
The slow start isn’t something to worry about, yet, and the team parting ways with these five players doesn’t mean the team is gearing up for a fire sale or looking at trading away assets. They very well may be in the acquiring assets phase for all we know.
What we do know is that these five players were deemed by the team to be part of the problem and not part of the solution. So who has the team moved on from?
The five players the Cleveland Guardians gave up on
RHP Luis Oviedo
There are two players still a part of the organization, but were designated for assignment and the first is Luis Oviedo, who was acquired when the Pirates let him go. Only 23-years-old, Oviedo was optioned outright to Columbus, after not throwing a single pitch for the Guardians. It might be unfair to say that Oviedo was “given up on” but as he was a waiver pickup, and the team didn’t do anything with him, clearly, they see he’s not ready and was sent back to Triple-A. As he was a waiver pickup, he couldn’t just be optioned. Hence the designation.
OF Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson played some significant innings in 2021 but he wasn’t someone the team had hopes for in 2022, and as such didn’t break camp with the major league club. He didn’t play a single inning for the Guards in 2022 and was eventually traded to the New York Mets for cash considerations. The Washington Post claims it was just $1.
The Guardians had a glut of Logan Allen’s, and the team decided the elder of the two had to go. The elder Allen, not the one in Double-A currently, had a 6.26 in the majors last year, pitching 50.1 innings. He gave up three runs in six innings for the Guards this season and was designated for assignment. Unlike Oviedo and the next player, a major league club wanted Allen, and the Orioles claimed him.
Like with Oviedo and Allen, Bobby Bradley was designated for assignment. Bradley played just nine games in 2022, had nine strikeouts had had a .118 batting average. He missed time and Owen Miller stepped up and took his spot, forcing the Guards to send Bradley down. Since he was out of options the club basically made him available for another club to take him. No one wanted him.
Playing in just four games, Yu Chang had 10 at-bats for the Guardians but had a whopping seven strikeouts. He was designated for assignment after a stint on the DL but ended up being traded to the Pirates instead for cash considerations.