The Chicago White Sox are not the most exciting team during any particular offseason but there is some late-night news that might make people pretty excited. Ken Rosenthal dropped a late-night nugget that is going to get people talking.
He tweeted that they are showing interest in Mike Clevinger. He is a right-handed pitcher that would change the entire look of their rotation. The White Sox usually don't make waves like this but there is no doubt that this would be a cool move.
Clevinger started his career with Cleveland and then spent parts of five seasons with them. He was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2020 and that has been his team ever since. He missed all of 2021 thanks to Tommy Johnny and was battling back from it in 2022.
Now, he is a free agent trying to find a new home for himself. The White Sox would be perfect for him. He would join the rotation with Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Michael Kopech. If they all pitch to their potential, this could be an elite rotation for the south siders.
The Chicago White Sox are in need of a fifth starter for their rotation.
Dylan Cease would be the undisputed ace but Clevinger has shown the ability to play at an extremely high level. He has been on some really good teams that have made some deep runs but came up just short. That means that he has good experience but a high hunger level to win the whole thing.
The White Sox were rumored to be in on Clevinger back in 2020 but it obviously never happened. They ended up getting Lance Lynn after the season ended and Clevinger made his way to the Padres. Now, things have come full circle as he is in rumors to come to Chicago again. This would be awesome.
Mike Clevinger certainly wouldn't be the savior but he has the potential to be a very high-level pitcher. To be honest, it would be the most White Sox move of all time but it would have an excitement factor because of what Clevinger has done in his career. We'll see.