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The Cleveland Guardians are reportedly open to trading All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Clase recorded 44 saves and posted a 3.22 ERA across 72 2/3 innings this past season. There are a lot of teams who can use help in the back end of the bullpen, so Clase will garner plenty of trade interest if he is being shopped.

Category: Rumors

The Cleveland Guardians signed Jaime Barria to a minor-league contract. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barria struggled as a starter and reliever this past season with the Angels, posting a 5.68 ERA across 34 appearances with six starts. He will look to compete in Spring Training for a spot on the opening day roster for Cleveland.

Category: Transactions

Shane Bieber has been linked to the Cubs and Reds in trade talks. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bieber was banged up this past season leading to just 21 starts, but he remains coveted in trade talks. He would be at the top of either rotation for the Cubs or Reds if he is traded.

Category: Rumors

The Cleveland Guardians have claimed catcher Christian Bethancourt off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Bethancourt returned to the big leagues and hit well in the 2022 season but struggled in the 2023 season. The 32-year-old hit just .225 with 11 homers and a .271 wOBA across 332 trips to the plate this past season.

Category: Transactions

Cal Quantrill had a rocky outing against the Tigers on Friday, allowing four earned runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings.

Fantasy Impact: Quantrill's season-long numbers have been underwhelming, with a 5.24 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP over 19 starts. His lackluster 5.2 K/9 further highlight his struggles. While he has shown flashes of potential, this outing serves as a reminder that Quantrill remains a risky fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps

Bo Naylor had a strong performance in Friday's game against the Tigers, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run, and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Naylor's power was on full display as he connected for his 11th home run of the season, helping lead the Guardians to a 7-5 victory. With this performance, Naylor continues to show his ability to drive in runs and provide some pop in the lineup. Naylor will need to work on improving his consistency at the plate to become a more reliable fantasy option next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Andres Gimenez had a solid performance in Tuesday's game against the Reds, going 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Despite his efforts, the Guardians fell to the Reds with a final score of 11-7. Gimenez's season-long stats have been decent, with a .254 batting average, 62 RBI, and 15 home runs in 151 games played. He has also contributed with 30 stolen bases, showcasing his speed on the basepaths. Overall, Gimenez has shown promise as a fantasy option, especially in categories such as stolen bases and power, but his inconsistent performance and lack of plate discipline may limit his overall value.

Category: Game Recaps

Jose Ramirez went 1-for-4 with no RBI, no extra-base hits, one run scored, and a steal in a loss to the Reds on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: He did manage to steal a base, but his overall performance was a quiet one by his standards. Ramirez's season-long stats have been solid, with a .281 batting average, 24 home runs, and 28 stolen bases.

Category: Game Recaps

Lucas Giolito had a forgettable outing against the Reds on Tuesday, lasting just 3.1 innings and allowing five earned runs on four hits and five walks.

Fantasy Impact: Despite recording five strikeouts, Giolito's lack of control was evident, as he needed 98 pitches to get through his short outing. This performance further dampens his fantasy baseball outlook, as his season-long stats now include a 4.77 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. While his strikeout numbers remain solid at 10.0 K/9, his struggles with command and inconsistency make him a risky option moving forward. Fantasy managers should approach Giolito with caution in upcoming matchups.

Category: Game Recaps

Guardians infielder Gabriel Arias is in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Arias sat out of Sunday's series finale against the Orioles but will return to hit sixth and play shortstop on Tuesday. For the season, Arias hs limed to a .211 average with 10 homers and three stolen bases across 121 appearances.

Guardians outfielder Myles Straw is back in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Straw didn't appear in his club's 5-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday but will start a three-game set with the Reds in center field out of the nine-hole on Tuesday. It's been a tough season for the glove-first outfielder who is hitting .227 with just one home run across 503 plate appearances on the season.

Guardians outfielder Ramon Laureano is out of the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Laureano went 1-for-3 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts on Sunday against the Pirates but will start a series with the Reds on the bench Tuesday. The veteran has been solid since a mid-season move to Cleveland, hitting .248 with three homers and a .732 OPS across 144 trips to the plate with his new club.

Jose Tena on the bench Tuesday

Tue, Sep 26th 5:32pm EDT
By Brenton Kemp

Jose Tena is out of the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Tena started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 before being lifted for a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Pirates and will begin a three-game set with the Reds on the bench Tuesday. In a small sample, Tena has hit just .192 with no homers or steals across 28 plate appearances.

David Fry sitting on Tuesday

Tue, Sep 26th 5:29pm EDT
By Brenton Kemp

Guardians catcher David Fry is out of the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Reds. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Fry doubled in a pair of at-bats in Sunday's series finale against the Pirates but will begin a series with the Reds on the bench Tuesday. The backstop has been solid in hitting .238 with four homers, two steals, and a .735 OPS across 113 plate appearances.

Guardians catcher Cam Gallagher is not in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Orioles. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Gallagher started behind the plate in Wednesday's series finale in Kansas City and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The veteran has hit just .132 without a home run in 142 plate appearances on the season.

Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan is back in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Orioles. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Kwan got a rare breather on Wednesday against the Royals but will hit leadoff and play left field Thursday in Cleveland. The outfielder is hitting .275 with five homers, 20 steals, and a .728 OPS across a team-high 677 plate appearances.

Logan Allen had a rough outing against the Royals on Tuesday, allowing eight hits and four earned runs in just three innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: With only one strikeout and two walks, Allen's lack of control was evident, leading to a disappointing performance. This outing further dampens Allen's fantasy value, as his season stats now include a 3.81 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. While he has shown flashes of potential throughout the season, inconsistency has plagued him, making him a risky option for fantasy owners moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps

The Miami Marlins claimed Matt Moore off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moore had joined Cleveland off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month. He will look to help the Marlins secure a wildcard spot in the playoffs, though he won't be eligible to play in the playoffs if Miami makes it.

Category: Transactions

Tanner Bibee (hip) is not traveling with the Guardians on their road trip. He will likely not pitch again this season. (Source: Tom Withers on X)

Fantasy Impact: Bibee was forced to leave his last start early due to a hip injury. With only a few weeks left in the season, it makes sense that the Guardians would play it safe and shut him down. He would end 2023 with a 2.96 ERA and 8.94 K/9 in 142 innings.

Category: Injury Updates

Gavin Williams had a tough outing against the Giants on Monday, allowing five hits and four walks over six innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the lack of control, Williams managed to limit the damage to three earned runs while striking out two. The loss dropped his season record to 2-5, but his overall numbers remain respectable with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Williams will need to improve his command moving forward, as evidenced by his 4.26 FIP and 2.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio, but his ability to keep hitters off balance with a .270 BABIP suggests he has the potential to bounce back in future starts. Fantasy owners should monitor his progress closely.

Category: Game Recaps