The Cleveland Guardians have won the MLB Draft Lottery and will have the first overall pick in the 2024 draft, per Zack Meisel of The Athletic. Cleveland will have the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history, something that was not expected to occur with the Guardians entering the lottery with just two percent odds of getting the top selection, per Meisel as well.

One has to imagine that Oakland Athletics fans are upset with the result. Despite finishing with the worst record in all of baseball, Oakland has just the fourth overall selection, per Talkin' Baseball.

The Cincinnati Reds received the No. 2 overall pick, the Colorado Rockies will pick third overall, and the Chicago White Sox round out the top five.

The Guardians, who won 76 games in 2023, surely were not expecting to get the top selection. That said, Cleveland certainly will not complain.

Guardians' offseason

Cleveland is looking to shed payroll this offseason. They already designated Cal Quantrill for assignment as a result, and Shane Bieber may be traded prior to the 2024 campaign.

Guardians fans want the team to try to compete. Seeing them shed payroll and not make many big acquisitions is surely disheartening. Getting the first overall selection for the 2024 MLB Draft in the lottery will lift fans' spirits though.

There is not a clear top option for Cleveland in the draft. Paul Skenes out of LSU was selected first overall in the 2023 MLB Draft, and he projects to be a superstar.

The Guardians will try to find a player with an immensely high-ceiling after stunning the MLB world in this year's lottery.