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.
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.