Mike Clevinger Goes to San Diego in Blockbuster Dealon August 31, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Mike Clevinger Goes to San Diego in Blockbuster Deal

A year ago, Cleveland traded Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati, with the Padres also involved to complete the deal. A little over a year later, another very good pitcher is on the move and San Diego and Cleveland are again both involved. Mike Clevinger was sent home earlier this season after violating COVID-19 safety protocols and now he’s heading to San Diego for a monster haul, with Robert Murray reporting that Clevinger was on the move first. The full deal according to Ken Rosenthal is:

San Diego Receives:

Cleveland Receives:

The headliner here is clearly Clevinger. The righty has been worth nearly nine wins over the last two seasons despite making just 21 starts last year due to a strained right back. He’s made just four starts this season due to the aforementioned COVID-19 protocol absence, with two duds sandwiched between two solid starts. In his last start, against Minnesota, he struck out six, walked one and gave up two runs over six solid innings. The Padres will have two more seasons of team control over Clevinger after this season, and even with healthy raises over the $4.1 million he would have made in a full season this year, he will not be a very highly-salaried player. Allen hasn’t hit in his time in the majors, but he is fast and can play multiple outfield positions.

For Cleveland, the deal looks to be more quantity than quality. Quantrill was a bigger name a few years ago, and has pitched mostly in relief this season. Naylor exhausted his rookie eligibility last year, and hasn’t hit well, but still possesses a ton of power. Arias is a 20-year-old shortstop with a solid glove who put up a decent season in High-A a year ago. Cantillo is a 20-year-old lefty who put up mostly good numbers in Low-A last season. Miller is a 23-year-old shortstop without a strong glove who put up decent in Double-A a year ago. Hedges is the lone veteran on the list, made expendable by the trades for Jason Castro and Austin Nola. He can’t hit, but is a very good receiver.

We will have more on this trade in a bit, but for now, Eric Longenhagen’s prospect report on the Padres has a lot of useful information on many of the names traded.

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