The Cleveland Baseball Club has traded starting pitcher Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres.
Mike Clevinger is headed to San Diego to join the Padres. Robert Murray reported the deal Monday morning.
This is the fifth trade between San Diego and Cleveland in recent memory.
There was the expectation that this was the landing spot for Clevinger after some early reports Sunday evening. Clevinger’s departure from Cleveland was all but certain before the season. It only became more of a possibility once Clevinger violated team rules and the offense continued to struggle.
Greg Allen and a player to be named later has also been sent to San Diego in the deal, clearing some room for the incoming Josh Naylor.
Cleveland will be receiving Cal Quantrill, Gabriel Arias, Josh Naylor, Joey Cantillo, Austin Hedges, and Owen Miller.
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Quantrill, Hedges, Naylor can make an instant impact on the Major League roster. Quantrill has mostly come out of the bullpen they season (10 appearances, 1 start) and has been fairly effective. Naylor will help bolster an outfield group that has been pretty bad offensively this season. Hedges seems to be a replacement for Sandy Leon and can help provide some offense at the catcher position along with Roberto Perez.
Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo, and Owen Miller are pieces for later. These are the number 7, 9, and 11 prospects in the Padres system. Arias and Miller are both infielders and can help with the potential departure of Francisco Lindor this winter. Cantillo is another arm that Cleveland can mold and develop in their pitching factory where they seem to just manufacture pitchers.
Cleveland got exactly what they needed in this deal, help for now and later.