MLB Rumors: AL Team Pivoting Interest To Mike Clevinger After Missing Out On Snell

After narrowly missing out on acquiring Blake Snell, the Houston Astros are swiftly pivoting their attention towards other free agent pitchers, including Mike Clevinger, according to insider Robert Murray.

With Justin Verlander sidelined due to a right shoulder injury and pitchers like Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers Jr. in recovery from surgeries, the Astros are seeking to bolster their starting rotation.

Snell's decision to sign with the San Francisco Giants on a short-term deal has prompted the Astros to explore alternative options, with Clevinger emerging as a prime target.

Clevinger posted a 3.77 ERA with 110 strikeouts across 131.1 innings and 24 starts last season with the Chicago White Sox, after the 2022 season saw him record a 4.33 ERA across 114.1 innings and 22 starts with the San Diego Padres.

Although Snell would have been a marquee addition, the Astros view Clevinger as a cheaper alternative due to his track record of success and durability.

While lacking Snell's Cy Young pedigree, Clevinger brings valuable experience and the ability to pitch significant innings with a solid ERA range.

Although Clevinger may not compete with Snell's dominance, his track record—a career 3.45 ERA and a solid 60-39 record—underscores his reliability as a starter.

His potential to provide stability to the rotation and alleviate pressure on younger pitchers within the organization makes him a pragmatic choice for the Astros as they strive to maintain competitiveness in the upcoming season.

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