The Cleveland Indians have traded right-handed pitcher Mike Clevinger and outfielder Greg Allen to the San Diego Padres in exchange for six players.
For the second straight season, it appears the Cleveland Indians have dealt one of their starting pitchers while in the midst of a pennant race.
The 29-year old Clevinger is in his fifth major league season and debuted for the Indians in 2016. In 101 career appearances and 88 starts, he holds a career ERA of 3.20 and a record of 42-22.
So far this season, he’s made four starts for the Indians in which he posted a 1-1 record and 3.18 ERA.
The trade comes just weeks after Clevinger was optioned to the Indians alternate site in Lake County after he broke the team’s curfew and COVID-19 protocols to attend a party with teammate Zach Plesac.
As for the return to the Tribe, the deal will land Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor, the older brother of catching prospect Bo Naylor, catcher Austin Hedges, right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill, shortstop prospect Gabriel Arias, left-handed pitching prospect Joey Cantillo and infield prospect Owen Miller.
Beginning with Naylor on the return, he will bring a left-handed power bat to the lineup accompanied by the ability to play both left field and first base. At 23 years old, Naylor is currently slashing .278/.316/.417 over 18 games with the Padres, including one home run and four RBI. For Cleveland, he provides another strong option in the outfield with more pop in his bat than the other candidates for the position. Last year, he knocked eight home runs for the Padres over 94 games played.
As for Hedges, he isn’t known for his offense, but his defense is regarded at the top of the league. Over six seasons behind the plate, Hedges has just 38 errors, comparable to Roberto Perez‘s 19 over seven seasons. At 28 years old, Hedges offers multiple years of team control as the backup to Perez.
As for the prospects, Arias was San Diego’s No. 7 prospect according to MLB.com’s Top 30 prospects for the Padres. He was joined on the list by both Cantillo (No. 9) and Miller (No. 11), landing Cleveland three players of the Padres top 11 prospects.
Also in return was Cal Quantrill, another well regarded prospect in the San Diego system. The son of former 14-year MLB veteran Paul Quantrill, Cal has made a total of 33 MLB appearances over the last two seasons, including 19 starts. For this season he has one start over 10 appearances, totaling 17.1 innings while maintaining a 2.60 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP with 18 strikeouts and a 2-0 record.
The Cleveland Indians also included a player to be named later in the deal.