3 Young Guardians That Should Receive Contract Extensions This Offseason

3 young Guardians players who deserve a contract extension this offseason.
3 young Guardians players who deserve a contract extension this offseason. / Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Gavin Williams

You can never have too many young starters in your rotation, so let's add Gavin Williams to the list as well.

Like Bibee, Williams is a 24-year-old righty coming off a promising rookie season. Like Naylor, he was a first-round draft pick, albeit from Bibee's class (2021).

Williams didn't pitch as often as Bibee this year and is still a bit more raw, but the potential is definitely there. Over 16 starts, he went 3-5 with a 3.29 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 82 innings. He also showed a lot of progress towards the end of the season with a 2.50 ERA over his last four starts, potentially setting him up for a big 2024.

He needs to cut down on his walk rate a bit (4.1 BB/9), but if he can do that the sky's the limit. His stuff is pretty unhittable, as evidenced by his .219/.310/.368 opponent batting line.

Even if William doesn't bring the walks down, he'll still be a quality mid-rotation arm. The only question is whether he can take that next step.

The Guardians might want to wait to see if he can do it before giving him a ton of money, but I liked what I saw from him this year and would be willing to do it.

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