Chicago White Sox: Dodged a bullet with Mike Clevinger

Vincent Parise
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Mike Clevinger #52 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on September 23, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Mike Clevinger #52 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch in the top of the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at PETCO Park on September 23, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox dodged a bullet but not buying Mike Clevinger at the trade deadline.

The Chicago White Sox have had a great season. They did it with two well-above-average starting pitchers and a few hit or miss starters. The third starter in the rotation appeared to be the key weakness going into the MLB trade deadline but they didn’t do anything about it. They were in a lot of rumors, including Mike Clevinger who at the time was a member of the Cleveland Indians. They ended up trading him to the San Diego Padres instead.

It appears that the  White Sox dodged a bullet by not adding him. It is confirmed that they were in on him but the Padres threw in another prospect at the end and Rick Hahn didn’t want to match it. It would have been an expensive price for Clevinger and probably would have included one or both of Andrew Vaughn/Michael Kopech.

The reason they have dodged a bullet is that he is now injured. We don’t know if he would have gotten injured with the White Sox and never will but that would have been ugly. If they gave up prospects like that for him to not even pitch in the playoffs would have been a disaster.

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He was left off the San Diego playoff roster for the Wild Card round which is concerning. He isn’t confirmed to be out for the rest of the playoffs but you never know how far they get. They start against the St. Louis Cardinals today who are a good team, but they might be able to get passed them. However, getting passed a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers might be tough without him. It is hindsight but it is a good thing the White Sox hasn’t taken a hit to the farm yet.

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