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Amed Rosario's trade possibilities nuanced as Guardians hope to struggle

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Cleveland's Amed Rosario reacts in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 2 of an American League Division baseball series on Friday, the 14th October 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Guardians took a controllable, youthful roster from a surprising 2022 squad during the winter and quickly addressed their two most pressing needs.

With these two major items on their to-do list crossed off, the question is what moves, if any, will follow as spring approaches as the Guardians hope to make a deeper run in October 2023 with a roster that is largely now a year older and a year more experienced.

The Guardians only had two glaring question marks: the designated hitter and the catcher. They had to rely on Owen Miller (since dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later or in cash) and Will Brennan (whose team is high for the long term) in the playoffs before Josh Naylor stepped up. ankle injury. And the team moved on from catchers Austin Hedges (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Luke Maile (Cincinnati Reds).

FILE - San Diego Padres' Josh Bell watches hit an RBI single in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the NL Baseball Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies on October 19, 2022 in San Diego.  The Cleveland Guardians and first baseman Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.  The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, on condition of anonymity as the deal was pending a review of medical records.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Josh Bell and Mike Zunino meet the immediate needs of the Guardians roster

Josh Bell (a two-year, $33 million deal that includes a player ban after 2023) will manage a day-to-day role between DH and first base with Naylor, who could also see time in the right field now that he’s a additional year removed from major ankle surgery. President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti pointed to the expectation of increased spending flexibility soon after the playoffs ended for the Guardians, and much of that ended up being directed at Bell, adding a midrange to range hitter.

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