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Tyler Clippard | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 201
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tyler Clippard got his first save of the season, but had to escape some ninth-inning trouble to help the Athletics top the Angels on Monday.
Protecting a three-run lead, Clippard issued a leadoff walk to Erick Aybar, then walked Johnny Giavotella with two outs. He was able to get Kole Calhoun to line out to left field to end the game. It's only the second save of the year for the Athletics as they have massively outscored their opponents in their seven wins. Clippard will continue to get the ball in save opportunities when they present themselves. Apr 21 - 1:10 AM

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Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Tyler Clippard will serve as the team's interim closer while Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is sidelined.

The announcement certainly comes as no surprise. Doolittle (shoulder) is slated to play catch on Friday, but he's still expected to miss around the first month of the season. Clippard will handle the ninth inning until Doolittle is ready, making him mixed-league worthy in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 2:07 PM

Tyler Clippard was taken for four runs in two-thirds of an inning in Sunday's 10-4 loss to the White Sox.

Clippard allowed four base runners on two lead-off walks and two singles, and all four runners came around to score in what turned out to be a six-run inning. Clippard should grab a few early regular season saves while Sean Doolittle recovers from a shoulder injury.
Mar 8 - 8:42 PM

Athletics and RHP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately known. Clippard had requested $8.85 million and the A's offered $7.775 million, so somewhere near the midpoint is likely. Clippard was acquired by the A's in January, and with Sean Doolittle questionable for the start of the season Clippard could be in line to save games in the early going.
Feb 11 - 6:17 PM

Tyler Clippard requested $8.85 million and was offered $7.775 million from the Athletics when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Clippard, who was acquired from the Nationals on Wednesday, was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $9.3 million in the arbitration process. He has established himself as one of the most dominant setup men in the league and could push Sean Doolittle for the closer's role in Oakland.
Jan 16 - 11:08 PM

Athletics acquired RHP Tyler Clippard from the Nationals for Yunel Escobar.

Clippard was stellar as a high-leverage reliever for the Nationals, and he'll be in contention for the closer role with the A's. The 29-year-old is in his final year of arbitration and will be a free agent following the 2015 season.
Jan 14 - 8:44 PM

William Ladson of MLB.com reports Tyler Clippard is going to the Athletics in the Yunel Escobar trade.

Escobar is heading to the Nationals, but he was the only confirmed member of the trade before Ladson's report. Clippard, 29, has been terrific as a late-inning reliever in recent years, posting a 2.18 ERA and 82/23 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings this past season. Clippard should have a chance to close games in Oakland, jumping firmly onto the mixed league fantasy radar.
Jan 14 - 7:50 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Nationals are having active trade discussions about Tyler Clippard.

Rosenthal previously reported the Nats were likely to deal the reliever this winter. It's not surprising that teams would have interest after Clippard had another stellar season in 2014, posting a 2.18 ERA over 70 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old will be a free agent after next season, so any team acquiring him may also have interest in extending Clippard.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:29:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals are likely to trade Tyler Clippard this winter.

The Nationals have many capable right-handed relievers in their bullpen and is expected to earn $8-$9 million in his final season of arbitration. If he's indeed available, he could make for a very attractive trade target for teams that miss out on the David Robertson sweepstakes.
Source: FOX Sports
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 01:52:00 PM

Tyler Clippard has been added to the National League All-Star team.

He's taking the roster spot of Julio Teheran, who is starting on Sunday. There are others that are more deserving, but there's no doubt Clippard has had a great year, posting a 2.03 ERA with 53 strikeouts over 40 innings.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 01:22:00 PM

With Rafael Soriano needing the day off, Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the ninth for his first save of the year Monday against the Brewers.

It's Clippard's first save since he notched 32 in 2012. He has a 2.12 ERA while being used mostly as an eighth-inning guy this year.
Tue, Jun 24, 2014 12:04:00 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams announced Monday that Tyler Clippard will be his primary eighth inning reliever.

It's a little unusual to hear a manager announce their primary set-up man, but there you go. Clippard has been one of the game's best relievers in recent years and would be a natural alternative for the closer role if Rafael Soriano struggles or suffers an injury. Drew Storen appears to be third on the depth chart.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Tyler Clippard (back) threw a bullpen session Monday morning in Nationals camp.

Clippard took it easy for six days after tweaking his back last week. He should be fine for Opening Day.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Tyler Clippard (back) will resume workouts Saturday before throwing a bullpen session Monday.

Clippard has been held out of action the last few days because of tightness in his back, but it was a precautionary move and it shouldn't be an issue for him going forward. "I wanted to be out there, but they’re not letting me," Clippard said Friday. "I just want be 100 percent, and they do, too. It’s early. I mean, during the season, it would be nothing. They had to hold me down today. I wanted to get out there, and they wouldn’t let me."
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 02:13:00 PM

Tyler Clippard has been limited the last two days in Nationals camp due to back soreness.

Clippard tweaked his back earlier this week, but he's not worried about it. "It’s just early in spring and I didn’t want to push it," the right-hander said Thursday. "I felt a little something, so I was like, why push it? No big deal." He'll open the 2014 season in a setup role.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
2Cody Ross
CF1Sam Fuld
2Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
2Nate Freiman
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Kendall Graveman
6Sean Nolin
7Jarrod Parker
8A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Jesse Chavez
7Evan Scribner
8Chris Bassitt
9Taylor Thompson