12 players San Diego Padres could trade for during 2020 season

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 04: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park on September 04, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 04: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Great American Ball Park on September 04, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Matthew Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Controllable pitchers

Matthew Boyd

I’ll be honest and tell you I am almost shocked that Matthew Boyd is still a Detroit Tiger. It seems like he’s already been traded with how much trade speculation is surrounding him.

The 28-year-old lefty struck out a career-high 238 batter last season but really suffered from a poor defense in Detroit.

He’s under control for three more years, so the cost is likely pretty high. But if you think he can be a top of the rotation pitcher, he’s a guy the Padres should target as he’ll help carry them into this run of contention.

Mike Clevinger 

Clevinger also has three years of control left, but he’s a little older than Boyd at 29 and is right-handed.

But if the Indians find themselves crashing hard in the AL Central behind the Twins and the White Sox, perhaps they think about tearing things down and rebuilding.

Clevinger has quietly been a top of the rotation pitcher for three years. In 2018 he threw 200 innings with a 3.02 ERA and 4.2 WAR. This past season he posted a 2.71 ERA with a 12.07 K/9.

If he does become available this season the Padres should be all over him.

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