San Diego Padres free agent Mike Clevinger will return to the Midwest and become a member of the Chicago White Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report.
Free-agent right-hander Mike Clevinger in agreement with White Sox, pending physical, source tells @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 27, 2022
Clevinger spent virtually two seasons in southern California being traded from the then Cleveland Indians to the Padres in 2020 as part of a nin-player trade. However, he missed the 2021 season as he underwent Tommy John surgery.
If it’s one team in the NL West that this news should sadden is the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers dominated Clevinger every time he was on the mound for the Padres. In three of the four games he faced the Dodgers in 2022, he had a 9.64 ERA in 4.2 innings pitched in one game. In the next, he had a 13.50 ERA in 3.1 innings pitched, and in the third game, he had a 7.20 ERA in five innings pitched.
Big loss for the Dodgers. Clevinger was great for LA in San Diego. https://t.co/MOCqYx39Gf
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) November 27, 2022
Overall, Clevinger allowed 18 earned runs in over 15 innings with a 10.34 ERA.
LA was lucky enough to face him in game one of the NLDS (their only playoff win in the 2022 NLDS) and chased him in 2.2 innings, allowing four earned runs, three Ks, and two walks.
Overall, the 31-year-old has a 51-30 record with a 3.39 ERA with 649 strikeouts, 538 hits allowed in 128 games, and 656.2 innings pitched.
Clevinger will round out the White Sox rotation, as the first four will be Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, and Michael Kopech.
The Dodgers will face the Chicago White Sox in mid-June at Chavez Ravine, so they may have a chance to face Clevinger in that three-game series.
Speaking for all Dodger fans, you will be missed with the Padres, Mike Clevinger.
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