The Guardians are finally spending money. It is a surprise to the fanbase and the league. Closer Emmanuel Clase agreed to an extension recently, then it was the All-Star Jose Ramirez and now Myles Straw will be staying in Cleveland. Straw was acquired last season at the trade deadline from Houston in exchange for relief pitcher Phil Maton.
Myles Straw is known for his defense and speed, not much for his bat. Last season Straw had a batting average of .271, which is good enough since he is a solid centerfielder. At 27 years old, Straw is finally getting an opportunity to play on a daily basis which he did not have while playing for the Houston Astros. The contract is a team-friendly deal as it is a five-year contract worth 25 million. The options are valued at eight million in 2027, and 8.5 million in 2028.
This is a good move for both parties as Cleveland has themselves a leadoff hitter who can steal a bunch of bases. Straw gets a nice raise and has stability, which makes the job easier knowing he will be sticking around. This deal also helps the team save money so they can give extensions to their other young players. Don’t be surprised if Cleveland looks to lock up outfielder Oscar Mercado who has the ability to turn into a superstar. Cleveland is making all the right moves right now and hopefully, it speeds up their rebuild. The playoffs could happen sooner than Guardian fans may have anticipated.