Mike Clevinger Dealt to Trade-happy San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres continue to be wheeling and dealing on Monday. San Diego once again made a blockbuster trade and they acquired starting pitcher Mike Clevinger.
The Friars also added outfielder Greg Allen, and a player to be named later for outfielder Josh Naylor, right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill, and SS Gabriel Arias (#7 SD prospect). They also gave up SS Owen Miller (#11 SD prospect), LHP Joey Cantillo (#9 SD prospect), and C Austin Hedges.
This is the biggest trade yet for the San Diego Padres and also the Cleveland Indians. Both of these teams make some more moves. San Diego could maybe go after right-handed pitcher Lance Lynn and outfielder Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers someday. However, we have to see what San Diego has left to give for talented players like Lynn and Gallo.
Cleveland could have dealt shortstop Francisco Lindor and starting pitcher Zach Plesac at the trade deadline though. Lindor’s contract is up at the end of the season and the Indians feel like they may not be able to re-sign him, so we’ll see how Cleveland handles that situation.
Plesac could be a solid starter on another team and this franchise is deep with tons of talent at starting pitching. He should’ve been considered a trade candidate for probably the same reason why Clevinger was traded because of breaking team rules when they were in Chicago and then had to quarantine.
It’s Clevinger Time
Mike Clevinger is only 29 years old. His record so far this season was 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA. In 22.2 innings pitched in four games started, he has given up 20 hits and eight runs. Clevinger has walked 11 batters and has struck out 21.
This pitching staff is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this baseball team. It is one of the reasons why they are in the playoff hunt.
At the moment, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox are tied for first place in the American League Central with a 21-13 record. The Minnesota Twins sit in third place with a 20-15 record and just 1.5 games back of the both of them though.
The San Diego Padres are in second place in the National League West, but they have the third-best record in the National League at 21-15. San Diego is five games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers (26-10) for first place. But, the Padres are up three games on the Colorado Rockies (17-17) for second place. Colorado is currently in third place.
The Padres have not made it to the playoffs since the 2006 season and they were swept against the New York Mets that season. San Diego is going all in this season and so is Cleveland.
Quantrill’s record so far this season is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA. In 17.1 innings pitched, he has given up 17 hits and six runs. Cal Quantrill has only walked six batters and he has struck out 18. He is only 25 years old.
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