Free Agent Mike Clevinger Has "Made It Clear" What Team He Wants To Sign With

Mike Clevinger, the free-agent right-handed pitcher, has expressed a clear interest in joining the Boston Red Sox.

According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, Boston is one of his preferred destinations.

This comes after the Red Sox have already secured Lucas Giolito, but they are still looking to strengthen their rotation further.

Clevinger, 33, is coming off a season with the Chicago White Sox where he posted a 3.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 24 starts.

His career, spanning 152 games (138 starts) with the Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres, and Cleveland Guardians, has seen him achieve a 3.45 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.

However, his path hasn't been without challenges. Last offseason, Clevinger faced an investigation by Major League Baseball following allegations of domestic violence, but he was not disciplined under the league’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy.

In 2023, he returned to a full workload, delivering his largest innings count since 2018, and proving his recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2020.

The Red Sox have other options in free agency for their rotation, such as Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell, but Clevinger's interest in Boston and his potential as a relatively cost-effective, yet productive arm, make him an intriguing option for the team.

His past performance, recovery from surgery, and comparative value in the market all point towards him being a potentially good fit for the Red Sox's needs​​. Photo Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports