Taking stock of what the Cleveland Guardians received from San Diego for Mike Clevinger

CLEVELAND, Ohio — It’s not time for a full audit, but it looks like a quick inventory is in order.

The Guardians, operating under the Indians name at the time, on August 31, 2020, traded right-hander Mike Clevinger and outfielder Greg Allen to San Diego for left-hander Joey Cantillo, infielder Gabriel Arias, catcher Austin Hedges , infielder Owen Miller, outfielder and first baseman Josh Naylor and right-hander Cal Quantrill.

Here’s what those players have done since the trade:

* Clevinger: He went 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts before developing right elbow problems in 2020. He made one NLDS start that year, but lasted one inning. Clevinger missed the 2021 season after undergoing a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and knee.

* Allen: Works for his third team, Pittsburgh, since the trade. He played one game for the Padres in 2020 and 15 games for the Yankees in 2021. He is on the Pirates’ injured list due to a left hamstring strain.

* Hedges: Has been Cleveland’s starting wide receiver for the past two years. Last year he replaced the injured Roberto Pérez. This year he was a starter from day 1.

* Miller: He’s hitting .377 (20-for-53) and has established himself as a regular at first or second base this season after hitting .204 last year in 60 games.

* Quantrill: Moved into the 2021 rotation due to injuries and flourished. Quantrill went 7-1 with a 1.94 ERA in 14 starts after the All-Star break. He came into spring training this year with a guaranteed spot in the rotation.

* Naylor: Returned from a broken right leg that ended his 2021 season on June 27 to become a regular at first base and right field. Naylor is hitting .313 (15-for-48) with two home runs and eight RBIs.

* Cantillo: The 6-4 lefty has struck out 42 in 28 innings the past two seasons in the minors. He missed most of the 2021 season with an abdominal injury. He is 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA at Class AA Akron this year.

* Arias: Batted .571 (8-for-14) in spring training and made his major league debut on April 20 as the extra man in a doubleheader. The fast road to the majors turned bumpy Sunday when he was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken right hand at Class AAA Columbus. He will be sidelined for several weeks.

Clevinger was scheduled to make his first start of the season Tuesday against Cleveland, but the game was postponed because of approaching bad weather. The Guardians and Padres are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 1:10 pm at Progressive Field. Zach Plesac will face Clevinger in the first game and Quantrill will face southpaw MacKenzie Gore in the second game.

When asked about facing Clevinger, the man who brought him to Cleveland, Naylor said: “It’s baseball. Some guys get to play their entire career with a team. Other guys bounce.”

As for the talent executives that Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff received for Clevinger, Naylor said: “We have a ton of talent: Cal Quantrill, Austin Hedges, Owen Miller, Gabriel Arias. They are very good players. It’s been amazing to watch them develop their games.”

Clevinger made three rehab starts before being greenlit to return to the major leagues. He struck out 15 and allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings.

It’s bouncing off the walls. He can’t wait to pitch,” Padres manager Bob Melvin told reporters Tuesday before the game was postponed. “This is a big day for him. He has worked very hard to do this. He is a one speed type of person.

“If you look at their bullpens. If you watch everything he does, he goes after it with all his might. I know he is very excited about this one. I think the third rehab start we gave him will allow him to throw a little bit more in the game than we expected.”

Clevinger made his reputation in Cleveland. After being acquired from the Angels in August 2014 for Vinnie Pestano, Clevinger went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA and a 141+ ERA. He appeared in 105 games, including 92 starts.

“We say it all the time,” manager Terry Francona said. “They can change uniforms, but unless you play them, which we will on Wednesday, we love the kid. Again, the fact that he is traded doesn’t change who he is or what he meant to us, or what he still means to us.

“He’s a great kid. Tireless worker, free spirit, but fun to be around.”

Coming back from Tommy John surgery is hard. The odds grow more trying to come back from two such procedures. The same can be said for what Naylor has accomplished after his devastating injury at Target Field last year. He has bounced between first base and right field without issue or hesitation.

“I worked hard to get back,” Naylor said. “I just want to play.”

A sentiment that Clevinger would certainly support.

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