Cleveland Guardians Release Former Promising Outfielder

The Cleveland Guardians have released outfielder Ram贸n Laureano, marking an end to his tenure with the team following a dramatic decline in his performance.

Laureano, who previously excelled with the Oakland Athletics, was known for his combination of power, speed, and defensive prowess.

However, his recent seasons have been marred by underperformance, highlighted in 2024 with a batting average of just .143 and a strikeout rate of 38.6%.

The downturn in his productivity, coupled with a salary of $5.15 million earned through arbitration this year, led to his designation for assignment and subsequent release as no other teams opted to claim him off waivers.

Laureano's release by the Guardians turns him into a free agent, with his former team responsible for the remainder of his salary while any new team can sign him for just the prorated league minimum.

This setup might encourage teams looking for a low-cost, potentially high-reward player to give the 29-year-old outfielder a chance to regain his former capabilities.

Despite his recent struggles, Laureano's earlier career, highlighted by a batting line of .263/.335/.465, along with 49 home runs, 150 RBIs, 34 stolen bases, and 176 runs scored across 313 games from 2018 to 2021, showcases the potential impact he could have if he manages to bounce back.

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