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Tyler Clippard | Relief Pitcher | #19

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 9 (0) / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said that Tyler Clippard will "probably" be the team's primary closer.
Hale voiced a similar opinion right after the trade of Brad Ziegler to the Red Sox earlier at the end of July. He noted that Clippard holds the experience edge. Beyond that, though, Daniel Hudson (the other prime contender for saves in the second half) just hasn't pitched well this season. In 37 relief appearances, he holds a 4.91 ERA. In terms of fantasy, Clippard is the pitcher to own, here, though Hudson could see chances if he can reign in his numbers. Jul 13 - 4:33 PM

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Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Tyler Clippard and Daniel Hudson will share closer duties following Brad Ziegler's trade to Boston.

"Sharing" might not be the right word for it as Hale clearly has a preference. "I would imagine right now one of those two would be in the ninth," said Hale. "Probably more Clippard today than Huddy just because he's been off." Hudson himself admitted that Clippard is more suited for the job. "I would just assume that Clip slides into Zig's role just based on I've missed a few days here and wasn't exactly throwing the ball fantastic before," he said. Hudson might get a few save chances here and there, but it looks like Clippard is going to be the main man in the ninth inning.
Jul 9 - 11:42 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Tyler Clippard is expected to close for the Diamondbacks after Brad Ziegler was traded to the Red Sox late Friday.

Daniel Hudson could also receive consideration, but Clippard is the most logical candidate. The 31-year-old right-hander boasts 54 career saves, including 32 as the full-time stopper for the Nationals in 2012. He's immediately worthy of an add in all formats.
Jul 9 - 12:41 PM

Tyler Clippard struck out two batters in a perfect inning Sunday against the Rockies.

Clippard entered the day with a 6.14 spring ERA, so he needed a clean showing. The righty is line to work a setup role this year behind Arizona closer Brad Ziegler.
Mar 27 - 7:02 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

The reliever will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.15 million in 2017. Clippard saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise last season, but he boasts a career 2.88 ERA and will turn just 31 later this month. He will set up for Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:27 PM

Tyler Clippard has agreed to a two-year, $12.25 million free agent contract with the Diamondbacks, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Clippard gets a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary for 2016, and $4.15 million in 2017. The 30-year-old right-hander did not finish strong last season, but he still wound up with a cool 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. And he owns a 2.88 ERA for his career. Clippard should be an upgrade to the Diamondbacks' setup corps and there's a chance he could vulture saves at some point from closer Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:00 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is hearing that the Diamondbacks have made progress toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tyler Clippard.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged last week that Clippard would be a good fit for the club, and now it appears he is close to getting his man. The 30-year-old right-hander experienced some struggles down the stretch in 2015, but he still finished with a decent 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. Clippard boasts a 2.88 ERA in 562 career major league frames.
Feb 8 - 11:11 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard.

Clippard's market appears to finally be picking up, as the Diamondbacks and Rays have also been connected to the reliever in recent days. The right-hander's 2015 campaign wasn't his best, as he saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise. However, Clippard has been one of the best and most reliable relievers in baseball over the last seven seasons and will turn just 31 in a week.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:16 AM

The Diamondbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard.

We knew the Diamondbacks were interested but this is the first we've heard of the two sides actually talking. Arizona has been searching high and low for late-inning help and Clippard has a proven track record with 53 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.88. The Rays have also shown interest in Clippard.
Feb 6 - 4:25 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in adding a late-inning reliever with Tyler Clippard representing their top target.

General manager Dave Stewart admitted on Thursday that the club could have interest in the veteran right-hander. While Brad Ziegler was fantastic in the closer's role in 2015, the club is lacking depth in the late innings, and Clippard would add another strong arm with previous closing experience.
Feb 5 - 7:47 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are among the teams considering Tyler Clippard.

The low-budget Rays might not be able to offer Clippard the most money, but the reliever is a Florida native and the state has no personal income tax. The Diamondbacks are another club that has indicated they'd be interested in Clippard, who put up a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/31 K/BB ratio over 71 innings last season between the A's and Mets.
Feb 5 - 2:45 PM

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart suggested Thursday that he might make a play for free agent Tyler Clippard.

"We have not talked to his people, (but) that is a good name," Stewart told the Arizona Republic when asked about Clippard. "I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will (reach out), at least just to see." Clippard, who turns 31 years old next week, posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/31 K/BB ratio in 71 innings of relief last season between the A's and Mets. He is probably still holding out for a multi-year deal.
Feb 4 - 2:28 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club is done giving out major league deals this winter.

Alderson also said that he assumes Tyler Clippard will land a major league deal, so it's safe to say he'll end up elsewhere. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was shaky down the stretch last season and during the postseason, but someone will surely take a chance on his reputation and track record. The Mets reportedly haven't ruled out adding another bullpen arm, but apparently they'll look to minor league deals.
Feb 3 - 1:36 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets will likely seek a reliever below Tyler Clippard's price range.

The Mets are still looking for bullpen help after adding left-hander Antonio Bastardo last week, but this report suggests that they expect Clippard to find better offers elsewhere. The soon-to-be 31-year-old wore down late last season, but still finished with a 2.92 ERA over 69 appearances. Alternatives on the market include names like Tommy Hunter and Ryan Webb.
Jan 26 - 9:39 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is interested in adding another reliever to the club's bullpen, but only on a one-year contract.

When asked about it this week, Alderson quipped, "Does it really improve the team to give a reliever a one-, or two-year contract if we don’t believe he is better than what we have?" It appears he is content waiting on the free agent market to play out before committing to a multi-year deal. Mike Puma of the New York Post mentioned Tyler Clippard and Antonio Bastardo as two possible hurlers who the Mets would have interest in on one-year pacts.
Jan 10 - 7:52 PM

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3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Jean Segura
2Phil Gosselin
3Michael Freeman
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Chris Owings
2Michael Bourn
3Socrates Brito
4A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
2Brandon Drury
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Patrick Corbin
3Rubby De La Rosa
4Robbie Ray
5Archie Bradley
6Zack Godley
7Braden Shipley
Relief Pitcher
R1Tyler Clippard
2Daniel Hudson
3Randall Delgado
4Josh Collmenter
5Jake Barrett
6Andrew Chafin
7Enrique Burgos
8Dominic Leone
9Zac Curtis