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News and Notes: Guardians “Open to Dealing Emmanuel Clase”

Jeff Passan of ESPN released a Winter Meetings’ preview in which he said the Guardians are “open to dealing Emmanuel Clase” and “entertaining the possibility of trading Shane Bieber.” He says the Guardians have a Clase replacement on hand in Scott Barlow, which, lol. One year of Scott Barlow does not equal four years of Emmanuel Clase, not even to mention the talent gap between the two players.

There are two wolves within me - one says that all relievers are failed starters with extremely volatile value and so should be seen as expendable. Another says that ZiPS last year said Emmanuel Clase might be the next Mariano Rivera and trading the next Mariano Rivera seems incredibly unwise.