Clevinger to the Mets for Michael Conforto and Steven Matz.
It just seems like Clevinger will be the one to go. On one hand, he’s going to make more money than the Tribe will want to pay in the near future. Plus, you’ve got to wonder how he recovers through the yes of this teammates.
He didn’t just break the rules, a la Plesac, he withheld that information and continued to hang around, even taking the airplane home with his roster mates.
Conforto would be a dream addition, in that he instantly becomes a staple in the outfield with a career wRC+ of 126 since cracking the big-league lineup in 2015. He’s averaged 30 home runs the past two seasons and would take up residence in the middle of the order.
Matz was once a promising young player when he burst onto the scene in 2015. He’s currently 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA.
Odds it will happen? Don’t count on this one going through either, as Conforto is a free agent after the 2021 season. He’s trending toward a big contract and those two words don’t exactly fit with the Indians payroll at the current moment, or ever, really.
Bowden wrote Matz could be a reclamation project for the Tribe. No thanks. Clevinger is a good enough player that Indians need not take back players they need to fix.