After years and years of subpar performances, the Cleveland Guardians have finally designated right-handed pitcher Zach Plesac for assignment. He had made five starts for the club this season and posted a 7.59 ERA, 4.50 FIP and 55 ERA+.
For Plesac, this could be a "change-of-scenery" case where he may excel in a different organization under different circumstances. Should the Blue Jays give him a look? Heck yes, they should.
What makes him the most attractive to a pitching-hungry team like the Blue Jays is the fact that he has minor league options remaining. Three of them, to be exact. Placing a claim on the 28-year-old just to add him to the 40-man roster and stow him in Triple-A would be a smart move for Ross Atkins and Co. to make, especially with how bare the cupboards are down in Buffalo.
Looking at Plesac's surface statistics, there is very little to be excited about aside from the fact that he's a few years removed from being a serviceable arm in the major leagues. The 28-year-old had a strong stretch from 2019-2021 where he went 22-14 with a 3.93 ERA and 114 ERA+ across 54 starts for Cleveland. Since then, he has been plagued by a lack of consistent success in the bigs, but his track record could warrant a team like the Blue Jays to be interested.
An acquisition of Plesac could also give the Blue Jays an opportunity to move on from a scuffling player of their own in Cavan Biggio. This just feels like a swap of players in desperate need of a reset, so don't be shocked if a deal like this comes to fruition.
Biggio, also 28, broke onto the scene with some impressive numbers back in 2019 and 2020 before crashing back down to earth. He, like Plesac, has not been able to get going in recent years and would perhaps be best suited trying to get at-bats in another organization.