Dodgers and Padres Reportedly Interested in Indians’ Mike Clevinger

Cleveland Indians SP Mike Clevinger
Cleveland Indians SP Mike Clevinger / Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Corey Kluber might not be the last Cleveland Indians pitcher to leave the club this offseason.

As the Indians assess their future, and seem to be leaning towards a rebuild, Robert Murray has reported that flamethrowing right-hander Mike Clevinger has been receiving interest on the trade market.

Murray cites the Dodgers and the Padres as the two teams with the most interest in the 28-year-old.

The Tribe are reportedly asking for a huge haul in exchange for Clevinger. That's understandable, especially considering the light return they received from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Corey Kluber.

Clevinger was sensational in 2019, posting a 4.2 WAR despite missing a large chunk of the season with an injury. He logged a 2.71 ERA and 13-4 record across 21 starts, fanning 169 batters across 126.0 innings.

Clevinger's contract expires at the end of the 2020 season, and he's due to make $4.5 million in the upcoming campaign. He is then scheduled for arbitration for both the 2021 and 2022 seasons before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Despite having played his entire major-league career for the Indians, Sunshine has experience on the West Coast, having initially been drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 and spending a few years in their farm.