12:07PM: The Astros, Marlins, Padres, Pirates, Twins, and Yankees all had some interest in Beede, according to KPRC 2’s Ari Alexander (links to X). Beede has shown some improved velocity, with a fastball that now sits at 97mph after averaging 94.6mph during his previous MLB tenure. There are incentive bonuses within the contract tied to both starting and bullpen appearances, and Beede can opt out of his deal if he doesn’t make the Guardians’ Opening Day roster,
11:11AM: The Guardians announced that right-hander Tyler Beede has been signed to a minor league deal containing an invitation to big league Spring Training. Beede is making his return to North American baseball after pitching with NPB’s Yomiuri Giants in 2023.
Drafted 14th overall by the (San Francisco) Giants in 2014, Beede drew some top-100 attention heading into the 2017 minor league season, yet he struggled in his first taste of Triple-A action. The struggles continued into 2018 through Beede made his big league debut with two appearances for San Francisco, but some quality Triple-A work in 2019 didn’t translate to success in a longer look at a MLB level. Beede then underwent a Tommy John surgery in 2020 that cost him the entirety of that season and a big chunk of 2021, and returning to good health didn’t help his results, as Beede had a 5.14 ERA over 61 1/3 innings for the Giants and Pirates in 2022.
With a 5.34 ERA to show for his 187 career innings in the majors, Beede headed to Japan for a fresh start, and posted a 3.99 ERA over 49 2/3 innings for the Tokyo-based Giants. Working mostly as a reliever, Beede had a modest 16.36% strikeout rate over his 30 total appearances.
It was enough to get Cleveland’s attention for a minors deal, and the 30-year-old Beede will now get a chance to win a roster spot at the Guards’ spring camp. There’s no risk to such a deal from the Guardians’ perspective, and the team’s longstanding track record of pitching development could perhaps unlock something to help Beede finally get on track as a consistent Major League pitcher. Beede also has a personal connection with Cleveland manager Stephen Vogt, as the two were teammates in San Francisco in 2019.
If all goes well, Beede could provide depth for either the bullpen or rotation. In the latter category, the Guardians have parted ways with both Cal Quantrill and Zach Plesac this winter, so some type of additional starting pitching would help Cleveland withstand injuries or any downturns from their young rotation core.