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Guardians' George Valera: Recovering from hand surgery
Valera recently underwent surgery for a broken hamate bone in his right hand, reports Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The expectation is that Valera will still be in recovery mode when Guardians camp gets underway in Arizona next month. This type of surgery usually requires around two full months of rest and rehab. One of the top position-player prospects in Cleveland's system, Valera slashed .250/.353/.463 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. If his health cooperates, he could make his MLB debut at some point in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Amed Rosario: Avoids arbitration
Rosario signed a one-year, $7.8 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
After making $4.95 million in 2022, Rosario is now the fourth-highest paid player in Cleveland. He is coming off a season in which he led the team in hits and at-bats while batting .283 and recording 71 RBI and 86 runs. The 27-year-old also went 18-for-22 on stolen-base attempts.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Shane Bieber: Avoids arbitration
Bieber signed a one-year, $10.01 million contract with the Guardians on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Coming off the heels of a 2.88 ERA, 1.04 WHIP season, the 27-year-old ace was in line for a pay increase from his $6 million salary last year. With a 2.91 ERA since 2019, Bieber remains one of the best and most reliable pitchers in all of baseball, and he shows no sign of slowing down heading into 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Cal Quantrill: Strikes deal with Cleveland
Quantrill and the Guardians agreed on a one-year, $5.55 million contract Friday to avoid arbitration, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
The right-hander is coming off a strong season in 2022, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 128 punchouts over 186.1 innings in 32 starts with Cleveland. Quantrill seems locked into a mid-rotation role for the Guardians.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Aaron Civale: Inks deal with Cleveland for 2023
Civale agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Civale had a 4.92 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 98:22 K:BB across 97 innings during 2022, and he missed significant time due to glute, wrist and forearm injuries. He had a 3.86 FIP and could be a rebound candidate if he can stay healthy in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Josh Naylor: Inks one-year deal
Naylor signed a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Naylor popped a career-high 20 home runs and posted a .771 OPS in 2022 to earn a raise. He can't hit lefties at all and figures to be on the bench against them most days in 2023, but Naylor does enough damage versus righties to produce mixed-league value in deeper leagues.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Zach Plesac: Avoids arbitration with Guardians
Plesac signed a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Guardians on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
It's a nice salary bump for Plesac, who was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander had an up-and-down 2022 campaign, finishing with a 4.31 ERA and 100:38 K:BB across 131.2 frames. For fantasy purposes, Plesac is likely to be a streaming option again in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Michael Kelly: Inks minor-league deal
Kelly signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Kelly's deal with Cleveland includes an invitation to big-league spring training in February, allowing the 30-year-old to showcase his talents against major-league caliber batters ahead of the 2023 campaign. The reliever made his big-league debut in 2022, surrendering one earned run while striking out four batters over four innings with the Phillies. With plenty of established arms already part of Philadelphia's bullpen, it seems unlikely Kelly will end up cracking the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Cam Gallagher: Joins Cleveland on minors deal
Gallagher signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Gallagher will head to Cleveland after being released by the Orioles in early November, joining the Guardians on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to big-league spring training in February. The catcher spent the 2022 campaign as a member of the Royals, producing a .214/.267/.333 slash line with five doubles, five RBI and a run scored over 42 at-bats in 18 games. With newly-acquired Mike Zunino (shoulder) recovering from thoracic outlet surgery he underwent in July, Gallagher could find himself on the Opening Day roster if Zunino were to suffer a setback, though the latter is expected to ready to go for spring training.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Roman Quinn: Catches on with Guardians
Quinn signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Quinn's deal with Cleveland includes an invitation to big-league spring training, allowing the 29-year-old to have an opportunity to prove his value prior to the upcoming 2023 campaign. The outfielder appeared in 44 games last season as a member of the Phillies and Rays, batting .215 with five extra-base hits, seven RBI, 15 runs scored and four stolen bases over 79 at-bats. Quinn has yet to play in more than 50 major-league contests during a season at any point in his seven-year career, making him an unlikely candidate to have much of an impact on the Guardians in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Touki Toussaint: Joins Guardians on minors deal
Toussaint signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Wednesday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Toussaint will join the Guardians ahead of the 2023 campaign and his minor-league deal includes a big-league spring training invite, giving him a shot to prove himself with his new team. The right-hander posted a 4.62 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 26 strikeouts over 25.1 innings in eight appearances, including two starts, with the Angels last season. After a promising start to his career in 2018 with Atlanta, Toussaint has struggled with consistency over the past few seasons, something he'll look to correct with Cleveland, a franchise that just seems to pump out quality pitching every year.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Caleb Simpson: Inks minor-league contract
Simpson signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Thursday.
Simpson is 31 and he's yet to see any action in the majors, but the Guardians are giving him an invitation to spring training as part of this contract. The right-hander split 2022 between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester in the Red Sox organization, putting up a ghastly 7.20 ERA.... See More ... See Less
Guardians' Caleb Baragar: Receives NRI from Cleveland
Baragar signed a minor-league contract with the Guardians on Thursday.
He's also been given an invitation to spring training. Baragar posted a nice 2.78 ERA over 49 appearances with the Giants from 2020-21, although it came with a 35:17 K:BB ratio over 45.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
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