Yes, signing one of the game’s best players, Anthony Rendon, was exciting, but the Los Angeles Angels still need an ace to be a playoff contender; a trade for Cleveland Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger is the next step to contention.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Angels have talked to the Indians about a potential Clevinger trade this offseason. However, as Morosi notes, the Angels deem the asking price too steep for their liking and are unwilling to trade top outfield prospect Jo Adell.
Clevinger, 29, is an electric, hard-throwing pitcher. His fastball registers in the high 90s, he gets deceiving movement on his slider, and he has a violent, distracting delivery. From a production standpoint, he has been one of the best starting pitchers in the American League over the last three seasons.
From 2017-19 he has recorded an ERA no higher than 3.11, totaled strikeouts at a high rate, and pitched deep into games. This is the type of pitcher you build your rotation around. Clevinger just so happened to be in the same rotation as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, and Carlos Carrasco, so he was bit overlooked given the track record of his comrades.
Sure, he missed two…