CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Cleveland right-hander Mike Clevinger, according to a report in the Athletic, is being investigated by MLB for domestic violence allegations.
Clevinger on Dec. 4 signed a one-year $8 million free agent deal with the White Sox. The deal includes a $4 million buyout for 2024.
Olivia Finestead, the mother of the couple’s 10-month-old daughter, told the Athletic that she has talked to MLB investigators about physical, verbal and emotional abuse Clevinger directed toward her and their daughter.
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In one incident last June, according to the Athletic, Finestead said Clevinger choked her. Finestead added that two weeks later Clevinger, 33, slapped her in a hotel room when the Padres, the team Clevinger played for at the time, were playing the Dodgers and “threw used chewing tobacco on their child.”
The allegations surfaced when Finestead posted a story on Instagram on Tuesday.
“I hope the @MLB does what they should and puts him in required therapy maybe even a small suspensions (sic) so he can take time out to really think about why he abuses his kids and their mothers,” the story post said.
The White Sox told the Athletic that they were not aware of the allegations against Clevinger when they signed him.
Chicago released this statement: “Major League Baseball and the Chicago White Sox take any and all allegations very seriously, and the White Sox are completely supportive of the Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse policy shared by MLB and the MLBPA.”
Cleveland acquired Clevinger from the Angels on Aug. 7, 2014. He reached the big leagues for them in 2016 and went 40-22 with a 3.20 ERA in 101 games, including 88 starts. Cleveland traded him to the Padres on Aug. 31, 2020.
The trade came shortly after Clevinger and Zach Plesac broke team and MLB COVID protocols to spend a night on the town in Chicago. Cleveland received Cal Quantrill, Josh Naylor, Owen Miller, Austin Hedges, Gabrial Arias and Joey Cantillo from the Padres for Clevinger, Greg Alclen and Matt Waldron.
Clevinger underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow shortly after the trade and appeared in only 27 games, including 26 starts, in his time with the Padres.
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