I don’t think the San Diego Padres intended to troll their fans with this one, but when you’re announcing serious and bad news, you might not want to bury it beneath what seems like great news.
This is actually bad:
The #Padres have signed RHP Mike Clevinger to a two-year contract through the 2022 season.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) November 16, 2020
You give it up to the Padres for pushing in for the shortened 2020 season. They were very competitive, they’ve got a fantastic young core, and they wanted to add a significant impact to the rotation that could be around for a while.
It’s just … boy did that not work out at all. Not only did Clevinger make only four brief appearances for the Padres, he was dealing with arm issues almost immediately. He also then had to miss the postseason. And now, he’s going to miss all of 2021, and possibly the start of 2022 as well. Signing him to a two-year extension to cover his final arbitration years (rather than non-tendering the guy you just acquired), then, is hardly a moment for excitement.
Clevinger reportedly gets $11.5 million over the two years, which would be a really solid upside bet on his 2022 season if you were signing him in free agency …
Sorry, Padres fans. This guy nailed it:
oh wait I just read the 2nd part of the tweet pic.twitter.com/rzAwR4rsk1
— Connor (@CJMPadres23) November 16, 2020