9. James Karinchak
Karinchak did not have a good year in 2023, and his regression definitely played a significant role in Cleveland's struggles. His ERA nearly doubled from 2.08 to 4.15 as many of his peripherals regressed. Despite pitching the same number of innings (39) as 2022, he finished with more hits, walks and home runs as well as fewer strikeouts, resulting in an unsightly 4.97 FIP and 1.36 WHIP (both career-worsts).
The Guardians can't afford a repeat of that performance in 2024, so this winter is a good team to move on from the 28-year-old. Whether they include him in a trade package or DFA him, Karinchak needs to go.
The five-year veteran has now finished with an ERA over four in two of the last three seasons, so his struggles weren't just isolated to 2023. He's also entering his first year of arbitration, which means he's likely due for a raise.
Cleveland should send him elsewhere before he gets too expensive and the front office is stuck overpaying for a middling reliever.
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