In this day and age of the game of baseball, the bullpen has never been more important. More often than not teams are shortening games by acquiring multiple late inning relievers that are capable of closing. The free-agent class for relief pitchers is pretty bare this winter, but Tyler Clippard is one name that stands out.
Clippard has the ability to get left-handers and right-handed batters out effectively. He has closed out games before and if the Cubs truly want to take their team into a new level, the bullpen must be fortified. The team has already been linked to names like Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel. It remains to be seen if the team can acquire said talent, but Clippard is a modestly priced alternative.
The 30-year-old relief pitcher owns a career 2.88 ERA and has 53 career saves. He went 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA last season with Oakland and the New York Mets. Clippard has also been remarkably durable pitching in at least 69 games for six straight years. Clippard made just over $8 million dollars last season and will get a two or three-year deal in that range from somebody. That’s chump change when it comes down to playoff time and you need reliable relievers in the bullpen. The Cubs should be all in on him.