The Cleveland Guardians, who won 92 games to win the AL Central, made a few significant offseason acquisitions.
To replace the departing Austin Hedges, they signed catcher Mike Zunino, and they also signed slugger Josh Bell to help their offense.
The Guardians, however, sold at the trade deadline this year.
Zunino was terminated back in June following a difficult season debut.
They gave up on Bell on Tuesday as well, dealing him to the Miami Marlins.
The Athletic highlighted how terribly the Guardians mishandled their free agency signings on Twitter.
Mike Zunino lasted in Cleveland until June 16. Josh Bell made it another 46 days.
The Guardians’ two big offseason adds won’t be playing for the club in August or September.
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Bell and Zunino were added to the lineup of the Guardians to improve it.
Zunino did not have a good season, although Bell is.
The Guardians only added these two important players throughout the offseason.
Now that they are both gone, the 2023 season is still ongoing.
After the first season, Bell received a two-year contract with an opt-out provision.
The length of Zunino’s contract was only one year.
But when the regular season enters its final two months, the Guardians will be without both players because this was all they were able to do in the offseason.
Not quite a year after the contracts were signed, the organization has officially abandoned the 2023 campaign and given up on its two offseason acquisitions.