The Cleveland Indians have traded away a full starting rotation in the past several years.
And specifically, the San Diego Padres have been involved in a big way.
Back in 2019, Trevor Bauer was sent off in a three-team deal involving the Cincinnati Reds and Padres.
Another deal was made last year involving Mike Clevinger, with the Padres once again being the trade partner.
The result of this is the Indians acquiring a ton of young talent from San Diego as that team chases a World Series with an open checkbook.
We bring this up today because the Indians have a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.
The two pitchers on the mound happen to be former trade chips from past deals with the Padres.
Cal Quantrill will start Game 1 tomorrow and Logan Allen will start Game 2.
— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) June 30, 2021
The Quantrill Addition
The Indians got six players from San Diego in the Clevinger trade.
Quantrill showed up and logged 14.2 innings near the end to what was a unique season where it was tough to determine proper development.
Even making a trade involved a ton of logistics to move players across the country during a global pandemic.
Fans were told the right-hander had the ability to be a starter, but could also work out of the bullpen.
Early in 2021, he looked like a weapon out of the ‘pen.
Then came all the injuries and Quantrill is now set to make his sixth start of the season.
He got roughed up for six earned runs in his last start, but did throw five scoreless in the start before that.
Quantrill remains a question as a starter, but has at least looked like a valuable addition out of the bullpen after the Clevinger deal.
Allen Looking For Redemption
Cleveland roster moves:
Called up Oscar Mercado and Logan Allen
Optioned Kyle Nelson
Josh Naylor to the 10-day IL
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 28, 2021
The Indians shipped off Bauer in 2019 and the deal sent both Allen and Reyes to Cleveland.
Right away, it was clear Reyes was going to be a power hitter in the lineup for years to come.
Or at least that was the hope and it has ultimately panned out.
Allen was still very young and only made brief appearances in 2019 and 2020.
Then he cracked the Opening Day roster in 2021 and looked solid.
Well, until he started allowing home runs seemingly every inning.
He was demoted and is finally back seeking redemption as part of the rotation.
The southpaw is only up again out of necessity.
However, the Indians weren’t just going to give up on him after a few bad starts so it was only a matter of time before he got this second chance.