Mike Clevinger wanted to come to play for the Chicago White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox didn’t get Mike Clevinger on trade deadline day. It is probably for the best when you take a deep look at it but there is a story that is coming out that might make White Sox fans think about this team as someone who might make a big move really soon. It can’t be this season because the deadline has come and gone but they discuss bringing in big pieces like this regularly and it should excite everyone.
First, we were told that a “prominent player” in the White Sox organization reached out to Mike Clevinger about coming to play for the Chicago White Sox. Keep in mind here, he is one of the best pitchers on the team that was (at the time) tied with the White Sox for first place in the American League Central and a real threat to be a World Series team.
Well, later we found out that this “prominent player” was White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. That might be THE most prominent player right now because of the leadership role that he possesses along with his production on the field. Apparently, Clevinger expressed deep interest in coming over to the rival White Sox and pitching for them in his conversation with Anderson. Obviously, it never happened but it is surely the most interesting story that the White Sox were involved in over the course of the trade deadline madness.
You know the full story by now as he wasn’t acquired by the White Sox. Instead, he was sent out of the American League to the San Diego Padres. It doesn’t matter at this point but this means a lot more than it looks like on the surface.
Mike Clevinger, one of the best players on a division rival that is tied with them for first place in the division, wanted to come to play for the White Sox and expressed that to a very important player to the White Sox. The seven veterans on this team had a meeting with the front office before the deadline and they decided what they decided but this is a good sign of what’s to come. They are a good team right now and they are going to get so much better over the next year or two because of development, free agents, and trades.