The Los Angeles Dodgers have a very big need in the relief pitcher department. Tyler Clippard could be a very nice pick up for a team that has had issues in the past in their middle relief innings. Clippard owns a career 2.88 ERA and also has 53 career saves. He pitched for the New York Mets and Oakland Athletics this season going 5-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 19 saves.
Clippard has the ability to get batters out from both sides of the plate as he possesses an excellent changeup. Clippard is 30 years old and has been very durable in the last six seasons. He has gone at least 69 innings during that span and kept his ERA a very respectable 2.48. Clippard throws strikes and will be in high demand this winter.
The Dodgers already have a great closer in Kenley Jansen, but they lack a veteran setup man to pitch in front of him or on days when Jansen can’t go. Clippard should be a relatively cheap alternative for the free-spending Dodgers. The team needs to solidify its bullpen if they plan on keeping their streak of consecutive National League Western Division championships alive.