Mike Clevinger may be on the verge of heading to San Diego, or a couple verified Twitter accounts may have been fed some bad information.
On one side is one of Twitter’s countless “random stat guy” accounts, saying that the Padres are making a splash with Clevinger.
Clevinger. https://t.co/qBap75W7Ce— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) August 30, 2020
Backing up his report is the oft-wrong Bob Nightengale, who also thought the Indians would actually trade Clevinger to the White Sox for Adam Engel and Michael Kopech.
Several rival teams who were involved in the Mike Clevinger trade talks believe that he's headed to the #Padres, confirming report by @theaceofspaeder— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 30, 2020
On the other side is Robert Murray, who I have never of but has “MLB Insider” in his Twitter bio, so he must know things, right?
The Padres do not have a deal for Mike Clevinger at this time.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) August 30, 2020
The consensus at this point seems to be that calling it a done deal is premature, but it looks like the Padres are the front-runner, and even if Clevinger doesn’t go to San Diego he’s likely gone.
At least two teams involved in the Mike Clevinger sweepstakes have not been told they are out, but agree that the #Padres are the leaders in the clubhouse as everyone awaits Cleveland's final decision. It is clear that Clevinger is definitely gone.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 30, 2020
Padres in active talks with Mariners about Austin Nola, sources tell The Athletic. SD already has struck deal for Jason Castro today, and Nola mostly has caught this season, but he also plays first base, other positions. SD also in on Indians’ Clevinger, as others are reporting.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 30, 2020
Padres appear to be frontrunners for Mike Clevinger, but source said the Braves also remain in the mix.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 30, 2020