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Padres acquire Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger

The San Diego Padres have acquired Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger for right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill, left-hander Joey Cantillo, shortstops Gabriel Arias and Owen Miller, outfielder Josh Naylor, and catcher Austin Hedges as part of a return, according to MLB Insider Robert Murray and ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Padres are sending a total of six players in return for Clevinger, who posted a 3.18 ERA in four starts this season.

The Atlanta Braves and the Chicago White Sox were among teams in the running for the Indians starter, who was doubtful to remain with the team after he violated team rules earlier this month.

The long-haired pitcher had his best season in 2019 when he went 13-4 as a starter and posted a 2.71 ERA while racking up 169 strikeouts. Mike Clevinger’s 2020 has been marred by an awkward situation after violating team rules and leaving his hotel in Chicago for a night out, one that involved fellow pitcher Zach Plesac.

Some Indians teammates are still upset at Mike Clevinger for breaking team rules and endangering them at the heels of Major League Baseball asking for more discipline to contain the constant cases of the coronavirus.

The situation got to be an irreparable one, something that immediately turned into the 29-year-old standout turning into a trade candidate.

The Padres have been aggressive at the trade deadline, looking to give their rising star Fernando Tatis Jr. some help to shine. San Diego is 21-15 and third in the race for the National League pennant, trailing the Chicago Cubs (20-14) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (26-10), who also lead the major leagues.