Guardians designate Bobby Bradley, Logan Allen for assignment as rosters are cut to 26

Cleveland Guardians’ first baseman Bobby Bradley covers first base during a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, March 18, 2022, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Daryl Webb)

The Guardians on Sunday night designated first baseman Bobby Bradley and left-handed pitcher Logan Allen for assignment ahead of the deadline for teams to trim their active rosters to 26 players.

Teams around baseball had been operating with 28 players after the shortened spring. Reliever Anthony Castro was also activated off the injured list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus in a series of moves following the Guardians’ sweep of the Oakland A’s.

Bobby Bradley had lost any real path to at-bats with Owen Miller emerging as a must-start on a daily basis and Josh Naylor being available at first base or right field every day. Bradley, a lefty like Naylor, was behind both on the depth chart.

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Bradley was handed the first base job in 2021 following Jake Bauer’s failed extended tryout to begin the season. He hit 16 home ons in 245 at-bats last season, but it was accompanied with 99 strikeouts.

Bradley entered 2022 out of minor league options and never did much to show the Guardians any glimpses of improvement. He struggled mightily this spring and then went 2-for-17 in the regular season with nine strikeouts.

Bradley has always had the power but hasn’t displayed enough contact to make it count.

Allen this season gave up three runs and nine hits and struck out six in six innings out of the bullpen. He made the roster as a multi-inning reliever but never displayed the type of consistency for which Cleveland had hoped.

After being acquired from San Diego in the three-team Trevor Bauer trade, manager Terry Francona noted that Allen was a work-in-progress, something that wasn’t meant as a negative. Allen was once ranked as a top-100 prospect in baseball, and Cleveland saw some potential with some added instruction and mechanical tweaks, particularly with his lower half.

Allen had some high points in 2021 but ended the season with a 6.26 ERA in 50 1/3 innings.

The Guardians having such a young active roster and a 40-man roster brimming with top prospects played into both of Sunday’s roster moves. At several spots, the Guardians had quite a fun unknowns but also several young players who could potentially step into larger roles.

The Guardians opened the season with a few key players no longer holding minor league options, a list that included Bradley, Allen, Bradley Zimmer, Oscar Mercado and Yu Chang. The first three on that list are already gone or, now, designated for assignment. The Guardians now have a short time to either trade Bradley and Allen or expose them to waivers.

Bradley Zimmer was traded on Opening Day for Castro due to Steven Kwan stepping into an every-day role. Bradley was shut out by Miller and Naylor’s hot starts. Allen was bypassed by a few options, including Enyel De Los Santos. Mercado remains on the roster but hasn’t done much to make his case, hitting just .197 in 61 at-bats. Chang remains on the injured list after missing time with COVID.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read more about the Guardians at www.beaconjournal.com/sports/cleveland-guardians. Follow him on Twitter at @ByRyanLewis.

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