One of the hottest names that could be traded is the Indians, Mike Clevinger. The 29-year-old has put together three consecutive seasons with an ERA of 3.11 or better and back-to-back 4+ WAR campaigns. He currently has a 3.18 ERA in four starts this season, and the most attractive part about him is he is under team control through 2023.
The Indians, like they do with every player on their roster, are listening to offers, but their asking price is rumored to be “ridiculous.”
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) August 28, 2020
However, Jon Heyman recently tweeted that a Clevinger trade may be more likely than not, and the Braves are one of several teams that have been in contact with the Indians.
There’s an increasing belief among teams Mike Clevinger has a good chance to be dealt. Indians have 6 very good or better starters, all on cost-efficient deals. Price is appropriately high. Braves, Padres, Yankees, Dodgers among many who’ve been in contact.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 30, 2020
Now, the Braves would be fools not to at least inquire about the asking price, but this doesn’t mean they are seriously considering pulling the trigger on a blockbuster deal. However, this would be the kind of move that would sure up Atlanta’s rotation going into the postseason and for years to come. Anthopoulos certainly has the prospect capital to make it happen, but in years past, he has been hesitant in parting ways with the best pieces of his farm system. Maybe that will change after the way a lot of their young pitchers have performed this season.