2) Guardians reliever Kirk McCarty – Pittsburgh Pirates
The Guardians have a very young pitching staff and most of them have done pretty well but Kirk McCarty has struggled a bit.
In the regular season, McCarty went 4-3 in 13 games (two starts) with an ERA of 4.54. The more alarming number is his 6.64 FIP, suggesting that he has had some very good luck. In the 37.2 innings that he threw in the majors for them this year, he allowed 11 home runs, or an average of 2.6 per nine innings.
In the middle of the season, the Guardians let him go and he went to the Baltimore Orioles but a week later, the Orioles placed him on waivers and the Guardians claimed him back.
For next season, a team that won’t be in contention, like the Pittsburgh Pirates, could use McCarty as some depth and see if he has something to offer. But for a playoff-caliber team like Cleveland that has a lot of pitching depth, they need to find more quality depth than McCarty.