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:
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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These trades fascinate me. As a Braves fan, I compare the rumored ask from Atlanta to what San Diego actually paid. There’s a pretty big gap. I sometimes wonder if the perception that Atlanta must have a starter, ergo, desperation will lead to an overpay and Cleveland refused to come down off their price to Atlanta, but since they were committed to making a deal, they would lower the price to a different team. But who really knows?
It really doesn’t feel like Cleveland got much out of this deal at all
To be fair, there are like seven players going back so Cleveland has more balls in the lottery. It’s just that the jackpot is much, much lower.
I would argue it’s not that the return is bad per se because a lot of those players could become good, it’s that it’s a light return for Clevinger specifically because he is a stud.
Yeah – I’m not super impressed. The deal reads like the Indians traded Clevenger to the Padres in exchange for their 40 man roster crunch.
Didn’t feel like they got much when they traded Vinnie Pestano for Clevinger, either. Maybe Cleveland sees something in Quantrill and Cantillo that makes them thing they can turn these guys, instead of some other higher rates prospects, into the next Bieber/Plesac/Clevinger/Kluber/etc/etc. The Indians had the best rotation in baseball and none of the guys in it were top 100, other than maybe Bieber for a minute. Plesac wasn’t even on top 30 Cleveland prospect lists. The only highly rated prospect pitcher that the Indians had was Bauer, and he wasn’t ever really that good with them, except for 1.5 years or so.
Much more likely that the information that is leaked is purposeful and inflated to spur competing offers or to give GMs who fail to close the deal an out.