Three starting pitchers Phillies could add at trade deadline
Mike Clevinger, Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians have enjoyed incredible starting pitching throughout the 2020 season. At 19-12, they have a 99.8% chance to make 2020’s expanded postseason cut.
Shane Bieber has been unhittable all season, while Aaron Civale has built upon his strong 2019 campaign. 22-year old Triston McKenzie dazzled in his debut a few days ago, striking out 10 over six innings.
Along with those arms, they have Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, who also have had very good seasons. However, both pitchers broke team protocol surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic leaving them to be optioned to the team’s alternate training site. Disappointing their teammates, rumors have circulated about one of the two arms being dealt at this season’s deadline.
Plesac is only 25-years old and under team control through the 2025 season. Clevinger, on the other hand, will be 30 before the year ends, which is why he would probably be the one traded. He would cost a decent amount, but nothing overly expensive for the Phillies. At his age and due to his most recent actions, Cleveland could be quick to cut ties with the Jacksonville, Florida native.
Over the course of his career, Clevinger, one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball, boosts a 42-20 record with a 3.20 earned run average. A part of the Indians’ recent postseason runs, he also has valuable postseason experience.
It would be cool to see the Phillies add Clevinger at the deadline. A three-headed monster between Wheeler, Nola, and Clevinger would be among the best in baseball. Plus, all three would be with the team through at least 2022— a solid championship window.