With the Angels’ fourth-round pick in the 2011 Draft, they selected a right-hander from Seminole State College named Mike Clevinger.
Nearly a decade later, they’d love to have him back.
Sources say the Angels and Indians have discussed a trade this offseason that would send back Clevinger to his original organization, although there has not been active dialogue in recent days.
The fact that the Indians asked for a player along with Adell suggests the price tag on Clevinger may be even higher than that of All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Sources say the Indians have asked for middle infielder Gavin Lux (MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect) in their conversations with the Dodgers about Lindor.
Clevinger is eligible for free agency after the 2022 season, which means he’s controllable for one season beyond the 26-year-old Lindor. The Indians originally acquired Clevinger from the Angels in an Aug. 7, 2014, trade for reliever Vinnie Pestano.
The Angels fell short in their efforts to land a high-profile starting pitcher via free agency and have focused on trading for a starter since signing third baseman Anthony Rendon.
Clevinger was limited to five starts before the All-Star break, due to an upper back strain and left ankle sprain. But he returned to form in the second half, with an 11-2 record and 2.30 ERA over 16 starts.
Clevinger’s 141 ERA+ ranks seventh among Major League starters who have thrown at least 500 innings over the last four seasons. (Clevinger has thrown 500 2/3 innings during that span.)