White Sox Reunite With Veteran Starter in Early Season Trade

The 33-year-old Clevinger is back in the Windy City for another season.
Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52)
Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (52) / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox entered the 2024 regular season with one of the worst rotations in the majors after trading away ace Dylan Cease. Through the first four games of the year, the White Sox have only seen two of their starting pitchers go at least five innings.

That being said, Chicago decided they needed more help in the starting rotation and brought back a familiar face. Robert Murray of FanSided reported Monday that Mike Clevinger and the White Sox agreed on a contract, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post adds Clevinger’s deal with the White Sox is for one year. The 33-year-old right-handed pitcher was with Chicago last season and surprisingly one of their best players.

The veteran starting pitcher had a 3.77 ERA and a 9-9 record in 24 starts. Clevinger also posted 110 strikeouts in 131.2 innings and only gave up 16 home runs. The 33-year-old had a 4.28 FIP, but opponents only hit .244 against him with a BAbip of .282.

Clevinger should provide the White Sox’s starting rotation with some stability as Erick Fedde and Chris Flexen failed to complete five innings in their first outings of the 2024 season. 

We don’t know what will be the corresponding roster move for the White Sox with the addition of Clevinger. 

However, Garrett Crochet, the team’s Opening Day starter, is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday. But the White Sox do not have anybody listed to pitch on Wednesday to wrap up their three-game set against the Atlanta Braves.

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