Clevinger was dealt to the San Diego Padres on Monday after several days of trade rumors. The trade comes exactly three weeks after Clevinger broke COVID-19 protocols and then misled Cleveland about it.
Indians president Chris Antonetti denied that the episode had anything to do with the decision to make the trade.
Chris Antonetti said Mike Clevinger breaking coronavirus protocols had nothing to do with him getting traded.
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) August 31, 2020
True or not? It’s hard to say. There were no Clevinger trade rumors until after the incident. He was promptly shipped to Cleveland's satellite camp then returned for one start last Wednesday.
There was chatter that Clevinger’s teammates were furious about his behavior. Maybe it’s all coincidence. It’s also possible that the organization decided that Clevinger had to go for the good of the team.