Mitchell agreed to a one-year, $910,000 contract with San Diego on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. The 27-year-old served in both starting and relief roles last season, posting a 5.42 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with 38 punchouts over 73 frames.
Mitchell will not make another start this season, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. As confirmed by Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Mitchell is done for the year after Monday's gem against San Francisco (8.2 scoreless innings, seven strikeouts). The Padres will go with a bullpen game Wednesday and then close out the season with Eric Lauer, Jacob Nix and Joey Lucchesi against Arizona. Mitchell was a certified disaster earlier in the year but put himself back into the conversation for the 2019 rotation by posting a 2.19 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in four September starts.
Mitchell (2-4) allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out seven across 8.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Monday against the Giants. Mitchell kept the Giants' lineup in check all game, generating 19 of his 26 outs via either strikeout or groundball. That aided him in holding the Giants without an extra-base hit in his longest start of the season. It was a welcomed performance for Mitchell, as he still carries a 5.42 ERA and 1.74 WHIP into his final start of the season, likely to come Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Mitchell (1-4) took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits (two home runs) with four strikeouts over five innings Monday against the Giants. Mitchell appeared to be turning his horrendous season around with two solid outings after rejoining the Padres' rotation Sept. 3, but Monday's rough start was a step in the wrong direction. The 27-year-old will get a chance to redeem himself against these same Giants on the road next Monday.
Mitchell didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's win over the Mariners, allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out two over six innings. The only mark on Mitchell's ledger was a two-out, solo home run to Robinson Cano in the third inning. The 27-year-old was impressive in this one, but it was just his first quality start since April, and he still sports and inverted 27:40 K:BB to go along with an unsightly 6.07 ERA. His next turn through the rotation will be a home start Tuesday versus the Giants.