RHP Mike Clevinger Re-Signs with Padres, But Set to Miss 2021 MLB Season

Mike Clevinger with Cleveland Indians in 2019. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (10343869a)

Pitcher Mike Clevinger resigned with San Diego Padres on Monday, inking a two-year deal with the franchise. However, Padres will not be able to count on a 29-year-old right-hander next season as he is set to undergo a Tommy John surgery.

Padres confirmed the news on Monday, adding that Clevinger’s new deal replaces his arbitration eligibility and comes with deferments and performance bonuses. While the organization didn’t disclose the financial terms of the agreement, multiple reports say that the contract comes with a base value of $11.5 million.

Padres acquired Mike Clevinger from Cleveland Indians ahead of the trade deadline, hoping his arm could help them embark on a deep playoff run. Clevinger ended up delivering during the regular season, going 2-1 with 2.84 ERA and 19 strikeouts in four starts, but failed to be a factor during the postseason struggling with “elbow impingement”.

Despite this, and the fact that Clevinger won’t be able to contribute in 2021, both sides wanted to stay together and hope to run it back a year from now.

“He kind of fell in love with the city and the team, and he wants to be here,” said the team’s general manager A.J. Preller. “I think everybody kind of looked at today as a common sense standpoint: This is what’s important to the Padres, this is what’s important to Mike, and we wind up with a two-year deal.”