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Report: White Sox Reload for 2023 with Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger of Cleveland franchise in bullpen on May 31, 2017

The Chicago White Sox have made a move on the margins of the 2023 free-agent pitching market, reportedly signing SP Mike Clevinger to a one-year deal.

This deal would fill out the Southside rotation for 2023. Look for management to add left-handed depth to balance a righty-heavy starting staff.

Clevinger was 7-7 over 22 starts in 2022 after returning from a second Tommy John surgery which sidelined him in 2021. He posted a 4.33 ERA (86 ERA+) over 114.1 innings. His 7.2 K9 rate was the lowest of his career.

The short term of the contract suggests this is a “prove-it” deal that will allow Clevinger to secure a long-term contract by returning to his 2017-2020 form.

This move should only be the beginning for the White Sox, who will need to shore up their roster after a disappointing 81-81 campaign in 2022. They will need additional firepower on the mound and at the plate, with team mainstay and 2020 American League MVP José Abreu hitting the free agent market.

Featured Image: Mike Clevinger of Cleveland franchise in the bullpen on May 31, 2017, by Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.