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The Padres announced they have signed RHP Mike Clevinger to a two-year contract and that he's undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.
This seems strange on the surface but Clevinger is already under team control for these two years, so both sides are just locking in the salaries as opposed to going through arbitration. The real story here is the Tommy John surgery. Clevinger dealt with elbow problems towards the end of the 2020 campaign and was barely used in the playoffs. He'll miss the entirety of the 2021 campaign, which means he's an afterthought for redraft fantasy preparation right now.
Robert Murray of FanSided reports that Mike Clevinger and the Padres are working on a two-year contract that'll wipe out his remaining arbitration years.
Clevinger would remain under team control through 2022, so this isn't technically an "extension." Still, it would be nice for the Padres to lock in Clevinger's salaries over the next two seasons. Clevinger suffered an elbow injury late in the 2020 campaign but he isn't expected to require offseason surgery.
Padres’ GM A.J. Preller said that he doesn’t expect Mike Clevinger (elbow) to require offseason surgery.
Clevinger has been dealing with an elbow injury since mid-September, but will not need surgery to correct the issue. He lasted only one inning during his one start in the NLDS against the Dodgers. "It doesn't seem like either situation is surgical,” said Preller. “Both (Dinelson Lamet) saw elbow specialists. Rest and recovery were recommended. Padres expect both fully available for Spring Training.”
The Padres removed Mike Clevinger (elbow) from their NLDS roster.
As expected. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier tonight that Clevinger needs at least a week for the swelling in his elbow to go down and undergo more tests. Since he was removed from the NLDS roster, Clevinger is not eligible to pitch in the NLCS should the Padres advance.
After being removed from Tuesday's NLDS start against the Dodgers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Mike Clevinger's elbow inflammation will sideline him once more in the 2020 season.
All but certain to be removed from the DS roster, Clevinger will be ineligible to return for the Championship Series if the Padres were to advance. Rosenthal notes that the inflammation needs a week to calm before further evaluation can be completed.