Cleveland Guardians (92-70 in 2022)
Cleveland did virtually nothing last offseason, won the AL Central, and was one win away from advancing to the ALCS. What a weird year.
To be fair, Cleveland's pitching staff did it again, carrying them to success. Shane Bieber was outstanding once again despite a dip in velocity, Triston McKenzie had a breakout season, and their bullpen was stellar, led by hard-throwing closer Emmanuel Clase.
Jose Ramirez unsurprisingly led the offense, but Andres Gimenez had a breakout season at second base, earning an All-Star selection and the AL Gold Glove award at the position.
This was a team that was built around contact. They put the ball in play. It didn't matter how hard it was hit, they were simply focused on putting the bat on the ball. To their credit, it worked for the most part.
Cleveland has had a pretty quiet offseason so far. Terry Francona will be back in 2023 to manage the team. Their non-tenders were former Detroit Tigers' OF turned LHP Anthony Gose and C Luke Maile. If I had to guess, they probably won't do much again this winter. But you never know.