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Sunday, August 07, 2022

Guardians designate Franmil Reyes, their Opening Day cleanup hitter, for assignment

The Cleveland Guardians announced a series of roster moves on their Twitter account on Saturday, most notably designating outfielder Franmil Reyes for assignment and releasing first baseman Bobby Bradley. The Guardians also swapped out right-handed pitchers, optioning Hunter Gaddis to Triple-A Columbus and purchasing the contract of Jake Jewell.

Reyes, 27, entered the season as Cleveland’s cleanup hitter based on his track record of above-average offensive production. In 400-plus games prior to this season, he’d hit .260/.325/.503 (121 OPS+) with 92 home runs.

Reyes was never able to get going this season, however. He was optioned to the minors on Tuesday after batting .213/.254/.350 (72 OPS+) with just nine home runs in 70 games. Reyes’ strikeout and walk rates both took steps in the wrong direction, and he became more prone to popping up. He still hit the ball hard—his average exit velocity was ranked in the 93rd percentile—but it wasn’t enough to overcome the aforementioned developments.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2022 at 06:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: franmil reyes, guardians

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Guardians duo carrying Jamaica’s baseball legacy

Naylor, who is from the greater Toronto area, and McKenzie, a native of South Florida, grew up in homes influenced by Jamaican culture, and each regularly made trips to the island nation as children to spend time with family and friends. The experiences shaped them. In fact, McKenzie inherited his love for baseball from his Jamaican father, Stanton McKenzie, who taught him his curveball and paid for private pitching instruction. Naylor inherited his love of baseball, hockey and Jamaica from his mother.

The duo are on a short list of teammates of Jamaican descent to play together at the MLB level. Chili Davis and Devon White of the 1988-90 Angels are the most recognizable pair. (Davis and White are two of only four players actually born in Jamaica to appear in an AL or NL game).

“It’s an honor to play the game. I have to thank Jackie [Robinson], because without him, we wouldn’t have this chance,” said Naylor. “It is humbling what Triston and I are able to do here when it comes to representing our families and where we’re from.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2022 at 12:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, jamaica, josh naylor, triston mckenzie

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Rookie Steven Kwan reaches base 15 times in first 4 games

Steven Kwan has found himself in the brightest of all spotlights after a strong opening series to his first big league season, punctuated with his first career triple, two more walks and a little more history in the Guardians’ 10-7 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Monday.

With his six singles, two doubles, one triple and five walks since Opening Day, Kwan has reached base 15 times in his first four MLB games—the most any player has logged in his first four career games since at least 1901.

“Pretty impressive debut, I’d say,” Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield said….

• Through his 19 plate appearances, Kwan has made 26 swings and has yet to miss on a single one. He’s just one of three qualified batters remaining in the Majors who have yet to whiff at a pitch, along with Eloy Jiménez (18 swings) and Ryan Jeffers (12 swings).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2022 at 12:29 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, steven kwan

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Center fielder Myles Straw signs five-year, $25 million extension with Cleveland Guardians

Outfielder Myles Straw and the Cleveland Guardians agreed Saturday to a $25 million, five-year contract, a deal with two option years that could be worth $39.5 million over seven seasons.

The agreement was the club’s third long-term commitment this week.

Straw, acquired last July from the Houston Astros, has made a quick impact for Cleveland at the top of the order and in center field. His deal includes club options for 2027 and 2028.

The 27-year-old Straw batted .285 with two homers and 13 steals in his two-month stint with Cleveland last season. But he showed more than enough to make the club believe he’s worthy of a long-term investment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2022 at 11:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, myles straw

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Blue Jays acquire Bradley Zimmer from Guardians

The Blue Jays made a trade late Thursday, acquiring outfielder Bradley Zimmer from the Guardians for reliever Anthony Castro.

Zimmer adds to Toronto’s outfield depth ahead of the club’s Opening Day game on Friday, bringing another left-handed bat into the organization as the Blue Jays work to balance out a righty-heavy lineup. Castro, on the other hand, was left on the outside looking in at the Blue Jays’ bullpen picture as they broke camp. 

The 29-year-old Zimmer, a 2014 first-round Draft pick (21st overall) by Cleveland, is a familiar name to the Blue Jays’ front office. He came up as one of the top outfield prospects in the game, too, peaking as the No. 22 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline prior to the 2017 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2022 at 10:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, bradley zimmer, guardians

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Sources: All-Star 3B Jose Ramirez agrees to 5-year, $124M extension with Cleveland Guardians

All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Guardians are in agreement on a five-year, $124 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

The deal includes a full no-trade clause, per sources. With this year and the pickup of a 2023 option, Ramirez is guaranteed $150 million.

Cleveland set the table for this move during the offseason, picking up Ramirez’s $12 million contract option on Nov. 5 after an MVP-caliber campaign for the 29-year-old. The formal transaction allowed the franchise some room for longer-term negotiations once baseball’s work stoppage ended.

Ramirez, who has finished in the top three of the American League MVP voting three times in his career, was one of few bright spots for Cleveland’s inconsistent offense during the team’s final season with its old nickname. He hit .266 with 36 home runs, 103 RBIs and 27 steals in the final year of what was a team-friendly $26 million, four-year contract.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2022 at 10:48 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, jose ramirez

Monday, April 04, 2022

Cleveland Guardians agree to 5-year, $20 million deal with closer Emmanuel Clase, per reports

After striking out in free agency, the Cleveland Guardians locked up one of their own, agreeing to terms with closer Emmanuel Clase on a five-year, $20 million contract, according to multiple reports.

Clase’s deal is pending him passing a physical.

The deal includes club options for 2027 and 2028 worth $10 million each, reports say. It could be a few days before the deal is completed.

Clase missed all of 2020 after being suspended for performance-enhancing drugs. However, he thrived in his first year as Cleveland’s closer, recording 24 saves with a 1.29 ERA in 71 appearances as a rookie in 2021. Clase had 74 strikeouts in 69⅔ innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2022 at 01:37 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: emmanuel clase, guardians

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Jose Ramirez’s extension talks with Guardians center on comparable contracts

Ramirez has said he’d like to finish his career with the Guardians. He signed with the Indians as a 17-year-old from Bani, Dominican Republic on Nov. 26, 2009.

In their most recent negotiations, an outline for a deal wasn’t discussed. The two sides, however, did talk about contracts for players who could be compared in service time, age and accomplishments to the switch-hitting Ramirez. Not surprisingly, the two sides presented different sets of contracts.

There are no talks currently scheduled. It’s believed the Guardians front office is conferring with owner Paul Dolan.

Ramirez is the Guardians’ highest paid player this season at $12 million. The team holds a club option on him for 2023.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2022 at 10:56 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, jose ramirez

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Cleveland Guardians TV income leaves major payroll spending questions

The Guardians cut several deals with their own players on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. currently, the payroll sits at $49.3 million. Cleveland, the Pirates and the Orioles, by far, have the three lowest payrolls in the league.

It’s tough to digest because the front office said it would spend a little more for 2022. The fact that they haven’t and a look at their local TV deal will make you saltier than the Lake Erie salt mine.

Back in February, Cleveland’s Paul Hoynes looked at the Guards’ TV deal and wrote the following about how much income the franchise makes from showing its games on Bally Sports.

“The Indians current [regional sports provider] contract with Sinclair-owned Bally Sports can be traced back to December of 2012 when Paul Dolan sold SportsTime Ohio to Fox Sports. That deal runs through 2027 and is worth an estimated $47 to $52 million a year.”

Obviously, a team has other expenses, but based off Hoynes’ report, it looks like Cleveland has its payroll covered with the $50 million-ish it makes in television money every season. Not a good look, especially since the front office has done nothing to upgrade the current roster. According to the ABJ’s Ryan Lewis, 17 players are slated to make the league minimum this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2022 at 10:25 AM | 31 comment(s)
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