The Padres also announced a two-year contract extension for Clevinger that will replace his two remaining years of arbitration.
Mike Clevinger is undergoing Tommy John surgery in Cincinnati tomorrow, the team announced. He’s also agreed to a two-year, $11.5 million deal that will buy out his arb years. Clevinger will make $2M in ‘21, $6.5M in ‘22 with a $3M deferred bonus, plus performance bonuses in ‘22.
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San Diego acquired him at the MLB trade deadline on August 31. He made just five starts, two of which only lasted one inning before being pulled due to injury.
Injuries are nothing new for Clevinger. Since Clevinger pitched 200 innings in 2018, injuries have plagued him and prevented him from reaching his full potential. In that time, he has made four separate trips to the injured list, with two of them coming as a Padre.
When healthy, Clevinger is one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. His 3.19 career ERA in 542 innings with 603 strikeouts are no joke. His problem is staying on the field, and it looks as if this will continue.
It is expected for Mike Clevinger to miss the entire 2021 season. Hopes are that he will return early for the 2022 season.