You be the GM: a realistic offseason plan

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

I'll make this quick:

40 roster at the R5 deadline:

22 Bats:

Hedges, Lavastida, Reyes, B. Bradley, Miller, Gimenez, A. Rosario, JRam, Clement, Rocchio, Palacios, Tena, T. Freeman, Straw, Valera, Kwan, Noel, D. Johnson, N. Jones, G. Arias, J. Naylor, H. Ramirez

Ramirez and Johnson placeholders for 2 OF FA/trade acquisitions. Clement/Miller for a C (trade more likely to create room for a C)

18 pitchers:

Bieber, Civale, Quantrill, Plesac, McKenzie, Morgan, Morris, Pilkington, Cantillo, Vargas, Clase, Karinchak, Sandlin, Stephan, Hentges, JC Mejia, Gose, A. Scott (or Garza as placeholder for NRI RP)

Moves after R5:

Guardians sign OF Joc Pederson to 1/5-6M deal plus incentives and team option of 7-8M (plus escalators)

Guardians sign Yan Gomes to 2/10M deal with incentives and/or option

Guardians trade for OF Ian Happ (CHC) for N. Jones (or Bo Naylor), B. Lavastida (or J. Tena), C. Morris (or C. Vargas), D. Johnson (or W. Benson)

Guardians trade for OF/1B T. Ward (LAA) for A. Planez, Yu Chang, T. Burns, M. Tolentino

Guardians sign a bunch of NRI RP, one or two will be added to 40 roster after trades/60 IL open up spots. Maybe even one guaranteed contract, many RP out there to gamble on.


Straw, Happ, JRam, Reyes, J. Pederson (T. Ward), A. Rosario, B. Bradley (T. Ward), Y. Gomes, Gimenez

Bench: Hedges, T. Ward, Clement/Miller, H. Ramirez/NRI/Kwan (J. Naylor on IL, possibly AAA or takes H. Ramirez spot)


Bieber, Civale, Quantrill, Plesac, McKenzie....E.Morgan, Pilkington, Battenfield, L. Allen, Cantillo (Morris if not traded in Happ deal)


Clase, Karinchak, Sandlin, Hentges, Gose, Stephan, Mejia/NRI/NRI

Championship !!!

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