In fact, there are “indications” that Clippard will be the next Athletics player traded, with the Washington Nationals, New York Mets and New York Yankees interested in acquiring him, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Clippard, 30, has been one of the better relief pitchers in all of baseball the last few years and in his first season with the Athletics, he has continued pitching well, as he is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 38/21 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 37 games pitched.
Clippard was drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 MLB Draft and pitched one season with the team in the big leagues back in 2007. If acquired, Clippard would be a big addition to a Yankees team that is in need of another solid relief pitcher. Having Clippard, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller would give the Yankees a very good trio of relievers for the postseason, if they do in fact make it there.
Like the Yankees, the Nationals are one of Clippard’s former teams, except he has much more experience in Washington than he did in New York. In 7-seasons with the Nationals, Clippard went 34-24 with a 2.68 ERA and 530/182 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Mets have been recently looking at the market for relief pitchers, so it isn’t surprising to see that they have interest in Clippard. It’s hard to see the Mets getting too serious in the bidding for Clippard if the price becomes too high, though.
Clippard’s days with the Athletics appear to be numbered. He will be a big addition for any team looking for a solid, veteran reliever heading into playoff time.
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