Injuries & Moves: Guards complete two trades

November 18th, 2023

This page will be updated throughout the Guardians' offseason as new information becomes available.


Nov. 17: RHP traded to San Diego in exchange for RHP
The Guardians added to their late-inning bullpen depth by acquiring Barlow. The right-handed reliever split the 2023 season between the Royals and Padres, going 2-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 68 innings over 63 appearances. More >>

Nov. 17: RHP traded to Colorado in exchange for Minor League C
After Quantrill was designated for assignment earlier in the week, the Guardians were able to find a trade partner in the Rockies. Cleveland added to its catching depth by acquiring Single-A backstop Huff, who demonstrated excellent framing ability in 2023, nabbing 29 runners stealing, which was the third most among California League catchers. More >>

Nov. 14: RHPs and designated for assignment; RHPs and added to 40-man roster
In order to protect Espino and Smith from the Rule 5 Draft, the Guardians made a surprising move by designating starter Quantrill for assignment. Quantrill owned a 3.58 ERA in three and a half years with Cleveland and finished the 2023 season strong, pitching to a 2.76 ERA in his final six starts after returning from the injured list.


INF (non-displaced right wrist fracture)
Expected return: 2024
Arias was hit by a pitch on his right wrist on Sept. 23 vs. Baltimore. But once he successfully passed all the training staff's tests on Sept. 26, he was given the green light to get back in the lineup. But in his first game back, he felt pain in his wrist on a swing and was removed from the game after his at-bat in the third inning. An MRI on Sept. 27 revealed a non-displaced fracture, and Arias was placed on the IL, ending his season. (Last updated: Sept. 27)

LHP (left shoulder inflammation)
Expected return
: 2024
The Guardians who want to be extremely cautious with their three young starters, won't push any of them in the final week of the season. Allen was placed on the 15-day IL with shoulder inflammation to hopefully allow his arm to have extra recovery time going into the offseason. Allen ends his rookie year with a 3.81 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 125 1/3 innings (24 starts). (Last updated: Sept. 23)

RHP (right hip inflammation)
Expected return: 2024
Bibee was placed on the 15-day injured list on Sept. 18 after he left his start on Sept. 16 in the sixth inning due to right hip tightness. An MRI on Sept. 17 revealed right hip inflammation, and Bibee was shut down from throwing for five days, ending his season. The right-hander had a stellar rookie campaign, compiling a 2.98 ERA and 141 strikeouts over 142 innings.

Bibee joins Aaron Sele as the only two pitchers in AL/NL history to begin a career with 23 or more games of at least five innings pitched and three or fewer earned runs allowed within their first 25 career games.

"There is a lot to like [about Bibee]," former manager Terry Francona said. "The kid competes. He's learning to turn a lineup over, which you don't see a whole lot in today's game, especially with young guys. He pitches to the middle of the order. ... I think this kid's future is really, really bright." Bibee was transferred to the 60-day IL on Sept. 24. (Last updated: Sept. 24)