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Ken Rosenthal from The Athletic is reporting that the Cleveland Indians have traded starting pitcher Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have a five game cushion in the NL West over San Diego, but a trade for Clevinger makes them dangerous for when it counts: October.
Source confirms: Clevinger to Padres. First: @ByRobertMurray.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
Most baseball experts are claiming the Indians got a haul back, but you gotta take a risk to win in this game. Here’s the full details of what San Diego had to send Cleveland to get this blockbuster done:
While they did give up their #7 prospect, that prospect happens to play the one position the Padres don’t need. The emergence of Fernando Tatis Jr. as one of the best shortstops(if not THE best) in the game gives the team a leash to take a risk for Clevinger.
Padres general manager A.J. Preller made the move for closer Trevor Rosenthal yesterday, so San Diego is clearly in BUY MODE. Hard to blame them when two teams in each division are guaranteed spots in the postseason. Might as well stack the deck in the short term for an October tournament.
Despite all the proof of an aggressive team with the deals for Rosenthal and Clevinger, as Marcus Peters would say: I THINK WE AIN’T DONE YET.
Of course they are! https://t.co/vIzGbjmlYx— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 31, 2020
No one’s messing with the ‘Slam’ Diego Padres
Remember that the division winners get to pick their first round opponent? Yeah, we don’t foresee any team willingly playing the roster San Diego puts together by October. They can hit(check the nickname) and now they have a big game starter. Quite honestly one of the last teams you want to see in a series.
Twitter’s Ryan Spaeder said it best in regards to this current Padres team after the trades:
Damn, I really wish Tony Gwynn was around to see his #Padres right now… somewhere he smiles.— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 31, 2020
Cheers to that.