According to reports by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Washington Nationals are “likely” to trade Tyler Clippard.
Clippard, a right-handed reliever for the Nationals, has pitched for Washington since 2008 and will turn 30 years old by the time next season rolls around.
While Clippard did get some closing experience back in 2012, he has served primarily as a setup man for the Nationals and has made two All Star teams during that six year span.
So far, the Nationals have been very quiet this offseason, but there has been some speculation of the club trading Jordan Zimmermann in order to sign free agent starter Max Scherzer. But why would a club who won 96 games in the regular season, would even consider trading their ace starting pitcher and their premier setup man?
When you think about it, the latest trade rumors make sense because like Zimmermann, Clippard will also become a free agent after the 2015 season. Washington is looking to capitalize on their assets while they can before losing them for nothing, other than maybe some draft pick compensation.
The market for Clippard should host numerous suitors, as the 29-year-old has proven to be a reliable setup man and an effective closer when called into action. Some teams with a need for a closer and help in the bullpen could be the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees.
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But the number of pitches Clippard has thrown since 2009, might cause some concern for a few teams.