SAN DIEGO – Padres Pitcher Mike Clevinger Tommy John will miss the 2021 season due to surgery, the team announced Monday after signing a $ 11.5 million, two-year deal with the right-hander.
San Diego said Clevinger surgery will be performed Tuesday by Reds team doctor Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati.
Padres acquired Cliveinger on August 31 in a blockbuster deal with Cleveland, hoping to take Padres deeper into the playoffs. Instead, he exited from the final start of the regular season, which was later described as an elbow obstruction.
Clevinger missed the wild-card series against the St. Louis Cardinals, who won all three games in San Diego, and was then eliminated after his pace dropped significantly in the second inning of the NL Division Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Padres was wiped out by the Dodgers.
Padres felt that Cliveinger could have avoided surgery.
General Manager AJ Preller said Clevinger had visited several doctors and had multiple MRIs in the weeks leading up to the season.
“Ultimately everyone is in agreement, rather than tearing it apart and trying to get involved next season, I think he thought, ‘I want to move forward, take these precautions, have this approach and push towards 2022 season,’ ‘Priller said.
“Every week kind of felt a little different. We’re hopeful at different times in the process, especially in the process when the season was over. We went through the rehab process for the last few weeks and he was not getting much better, he felt surgery was the best way,” Piller said.
The pandemic-brief season saw Cleveland 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA and San Diego with a 2.84 ERA in four starts. Tommy John underwent surgery in 2012 when he was a minor league. He turned 30 on December 21.
Dinelson Lamet, Finishing fourth in the NL Sai Young Award voting, suffered an elbow injury early in his last regular season and missed the post-season.
Cliveinger’s new contract will replace the remaining two seasons of his mediation qualification and include deferral and performance bonuses.
The 30-year-old right-hander, who turns 30 on December 21, will have his $ 3 million signature bonus deferred, $ 1.5 million due on December 1, 2021, and the rest due on December 1, 2022.
Clevinger earns $ 2 million next season and $ 5.5 million in 2022, and earns ,000 500,000 in performance bonuses based on start-up in 2022: five and 10, at 250,0000. Bonus payments are deferred in the contract until January 15, 2023. Agents Sam and Seth Levinson negotiated.
Cliveinger acquired 5,518,519 proactive shares out of his $ 1.1 million salary this year. He is 44-23 with 3.19 ERA in five major league seasons.
Piller said that Padres earned Clevinger a focus on three penalty races, but that he was too far away this year and would not be available for him if he returned to the playoffs next year. Piller said Pedres was able to increase his salary in 2022 and pay a reduced salary by 2021.
“He fell in love with a kind city and team and he wanted to be here,” Priler said. “I think everyone today saw it as a common sense perspective: this is important to Padres, this is what is important to Mike and we ended up with a two-year contract.”
The report was co-authored by AP baseball writer Ronald Blum.
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