If you believe the latest from USA Today MLB insider Bob Nigtengail, the Indians will move their third top starting pitchers a little over a year before the Monday-Monday deadline.
Nightengale says Indians “definitely trade.” Mike Clevinger until tomorrow, but it is not yet known where he is going. “
Earlier in the evening, there was a report by Mark Finnsand of MLB.com, who said that the San Diego Padres, which has already struck several deals for trading deadlines, is the first participant in Clevinger̵
Clevinger is earning $ 4.1 million this season, and its price will rise only in arbitration in 2021.
He will not be eligible to be a free agent until 2023, but after the incident in Chicago a few weeks ago and Indians who need bats if they want to run for the World Series, they think this is the best option for the team to recover.
It would not be a surprise for the Indians to wait until the beginning of the middle of Monday afternoon to pull the trigger for the deal, as this will give the teams more time to respond to their offer.
Nightengale reported that while the Padres were leading, a “mysterious team” entered the mix late Sunday night with an offer that was better than San Diego’s.
Clevinger for five seasons with the Indians went 42-22 as a starter with a 3.20 ERA.
Asked afterwards what it looks like will be his last start in an Indian uniform on Wednesday night, if he has been affected at all by trade rumors, the pitcher said his focus is nothing more than winning the Cleveland title.
“I’m trying to win a ring,” Clevinger said.
“And I’m trying to win a ring for the tribe.” Until they tell me I can’t wear their uniform – I went to the World Series with this team as a rookie. This is the team I wanted to do it with. This is not something I think about.
“All I think about is that we could be within half a game of Minnesota if we get to the top tonight.”
It seems that Clevinger’s dream of being part of the Indian title is over – and now it’s only a matter of time before he goes and what the Indians get in return.