MLB Trade Rumors: Proposed Trade Sends Chris Bassit To The Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians are looking to bolster their starting rotation and could do so by trading for Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Chris Bassitt. 

Bassitt has been a model of consistency this season, boasting a 3.56 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, with 75 strikeouts across 78.1 innings and 14 starts. 

His contract, which extends through next season, makes him an appealing target for the Guardians as they seek to strengthen their rotation for both the short and long term. 

With one of the best bullpens in baseball, Cleveland needs more stability among their starters to complement their relief pitchers and make a strong postseason push.

In exchange for Bassitt, the Guardians could offer their 10th-ranked prospect, left-handed pitcher Joey Cantillo, and MLB-ready infielder Jose Tena, according to Zach Pressnell of Fansided. 

Cantillo, 24, has been impressive in the minors with an ERA around 3.00, showcasing his potential for a future big-league role. 

Tena, currently performing well at Triple-A Columbus with a .293/.345/.466 slash line, brings solid defensive skills and a reliable bat, adding valuable infield depth for the Blue Jays, as noted by Pressnell. This trade would allow Toronto to bolster their future roster with promising young talent.

For the Guardians, acquiring Bassitt addresses their need for a dependable starter, leveraging their strong farm system to improve their chances of postseason success. Bassitt’s addition would provide much-needed stability to their rotation, complementing their stellar bullpen and enhancing their chances of overcoming past playoff disappointments.

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