The Guardians Relief player Anthony Josey and chaser Luke Miley bid contracts for seven arbitration-eligible players before Friday night’s deadline.
Gose is recovering from Tommy John surgery and was assigned to duty last week. He struggled to follow up a positive, albeit brief, performance in 2021 (1.26 ERA in 14 1/3 innings pitched), posting a 4.71 ERA in 21 innings pitched before suffering an injury.
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Miley was the club’s backup to Austin Hedges at catcher for most of the year, hitting . 221 with a 0.627 OPS in 206 plate appearances. Both are known for their defensive abilities behind the plate, and both are now free agents. Hedges became a free agent at the conclusion of the World Series. At least one could return, as his only players on the club’s 40-man roster are debutants Bo Naylor and Bryan Lavastida.
The Guardians have seven arbitration-eligible players awarded contracts on Friday night. That list includes, with MLB Trade Rumors Judging projections in brackets Shane Bieber ($10.7 million), Amid Rosario ($9 million), Cal Quantrill ($6 million), Josh Naylor ($3.5 million), Zach Plissak ($2.9 million), Aaron Sival ($2.2 million), James Karinchak ($1.4 million). Rosario will be eligible as a free agent at the end of the 2023 season, barring a multi-year extension. Bieber could go into free agency after the 2024 season.
Traded Nolan Jones to the Colorado Rockies
Nolan Jones, once the club’s best player, is on the move. The Guardians dealt Jones, who had no clear path to the majors, to the Colorado Rockies for potential prospect Juan Brito, who was then optioned out of his contract and added to their 40-man roster.
Jones made his MLB debut in 2022, hitting . 244 with a 0.681 OPS in fewer than 100 plate appearances. But with Jose Ramirez storming into third base, Josh Naylor taking control of first base and Stephen Cowan and Oscar Gonzalez emerging to secure spots in the corner field, Jones’ path to any significant playing time in the majors was blocked. For years, Cleveland has been converting Jones in the minor leagues in hopes of creating an opportunity. That opportunity did present itself, but Kwan and Gonzalez took on important roles that left Jones as the odd man out.
“We still believe Nolan will continue and be a truly productive player in the American League,” said Chris Antonetti, President of Baseball Operations. “However, as we started looking at making our roster for next year where there might be opportunities for Nolan, his path is probably less clear at this point. So, we thought it was a deal that made sense on a few levels.”
“For us, it was about the chance to get Juan. He’s a really athletic midfield player. He played most of the time second, but we also think he could slip into the left side and play some time short and third. Really good switch-hitter, great command of the strike zone He had more runs than last year’s hits with some power. We felt that was a really interesting skill set to bring into the organization.”
Brito, 21, last season posted a 0.877 OPS in 497 Single-A games.
The Guardians also traded pitcher Carlos Vargas to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitcher Russ Carver and contract picks (meaning they were added to their 40-man roster) of left-handed pitchers Joey Cantillo and Tim Herrin and outfielder Angel Martinez. Kirk McCarty, along with Gose, is designated for the appointment. McCarty finished the season on a high note, posting a 2.45 ERA in the second inning.
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