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The Cleveland Indians are in the course of the playoff race within the American League Central, however they nonetheless elected to commerce one in every of their greatest beginning pitchers.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirmed the information, reporting Cleveland traded Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a participant to be named later in change for outfielder Josh Naylor, pitcher Cal Quantrill, shortstop Gabriel Arias, pitcher Joey Cantillo, catcher Austin Hedges and shortstop Owen Miller.
“Tremendous excited,” Clevinger informed Bob Nightengale of USA Immediately. “Most fun workforce in baseball. It is undoubtedly sort of the place to be.”
Nightengale had reported Sunday the Indians and Chicago White Sox had been “actively concerned in discussions on a deal.” Different groups had been considering Clevinger, per Nightengale, however the White Sox stood out since they play in the identical division as Cleveland.
The report highlighted Cleveland’s want for extra offense within the outfield, which Rosenthal additionally famous when confirming the talks between the workforce and Chicago.
Nonetheless, shifting Clevinger in the course of a playoff race is notable contemplating he has been a constant presence within the workforce’s rotation of late. He posted a three.11 ERA in 2017, a three.02 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 2018 and a 2.71 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 169 strikeouts in 126 innings final 12 months.
In 4 begins this 12 months, the right-hander has a three.18 ERA.
This isn’t purely a rental for San Diego as Clevinger is beneath contract via the 2022 season. That certainly allowed the Indians to ask for extra in return, each on this provide and any others they entertained.
Clevinger was additionally out there after he was reinstated following a stint on the restricted checklist when he and teammate Zach Plesac violated well being and security protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 29-year-old will now look to guide San Diego (21-15) to the postseason. The Florida native will be a part of Chris Paddack, Dinelson Lamet and Zach Davies within the Padres rotation as they try and make the playoffs for the primary time since 2006.
They’ve a golden alternative to do exactly that with a younger and gifted workforce, particularly given the expanded postseason, so it comes as no shock they had been aggressive on the deadline with this transfer.
The Padres have been the busiest workforce in baseball forward of the deadline, already including slugger Mitch Moreland, nearer Trevor Rosenthal and catchers Jason Castro and Austin Nola in multiple deals throughout a number of days.
After going 13 years and not using a playoff berth, San Diego is able to make this season depend.
Cleveland is giving up a key participant within the rotation however provides a formidable haul in return that features quick contributors in Quantrill and Naylor.
Naylor has hit .278 in restricted enjoying time for San Diego this season. He has loads of upside and will be a right away enhance within the Indians outfield that has supplied restricted manufacturing in 2020. Quantrill ought to assist strengthen the bullpen after producing a 2.60 ERA in 17.1 innings this 12 months.
Hedges may additionally present some depth at catcher, though he’s principally recognized for his defensive contributions.
Moreover, the Indians poach from one of many prime farm techniques in baseball by including three prime prospects ranked in San Diego’s prime 11 by MLB.com. Arias (No. 7), Cantillo (No. 9) and Miller (No. 11) may all turn out to be key elements of Cleveland’s future whereas extending the workforce’s window for rivalry.