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The Cleveland Guardians are searching for a shortstop and are likely to turn to a young infielder like Gabriel Arias, who played the position frequently last season. Arias is known for his strong defensive skills but struggled offensively, batting only .210. However, he is the front-runner for the role.
Arias would be a clear defensive upgrade on Rosario. The question is how much of an offensive impact he'd make.
Arias' offensive struggles, including a high strikeout rate and chasing pitches off the plate, are areas for improvement. However, the Guardians still see him as the top candidate for the shortstop position. He had a minor league option, but it is unlikely that the team will send him to Triple-A.
In a reader mailbag this week, MLB.com's Mandy Bell suggested the Guardians were likely to give him the first opportunity to seize the job.