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Tyler Clippard | Relief Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Dec 10 - 7:29 PM

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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
Dec 6 - 1:52 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.
Jul 13 - 1:22 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.
Jun 24 - 12:04 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.
Mar 17 - 4:45 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.
Feb 24 - 10:00 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."
Feb 21 - 2:13 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.
Feb 20 - 3:46 PM

Nationals and RHP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.875 million contract.

Clippard asked for $6.35 million and was offered $4.45 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides settled about $475,000 north of the midway point. Clippard, 28, will serve as a setup man this year in Washington.
Feb 10 - 12:37 PM

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he hasn't had discussions with Tyler Clippard beyond a one-year deal, per James Wagner of the Washington Post.

Clippard still has another year of arbitration in 2015 before becoming a free agent, and it appears the Nationals aren't in any hurry to get a longer deal done. Clippard recently filed for $6.35 million in arbitration while the Nats offered $4.45 million, and the 28-year-old said the two sides will "see how it all plays out" in regards to a hearing. The right-hander is widely considered one of the best setup men in the game.
Jan 25 - 5:16 PM

Tyler Clippard requested $6.35 million and was offered $4.45 million from the Nationals when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 28-year-old right-hander is an integral part of the Nationals bullpen, and coming off another strong season where he compiled a 2.41 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 73/24 K/BB ratio over 71 innings. He'll continue to work in a setup capacity in front of Rafael Soriano.
Jan 17 - 10:14 PM

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday that he's not ruling out using Tyler Clippard at closer down the stretch.

Clippard has been the team's best reliever all season, posting a 2.01 ERA and 0.82 WHIP while striking out a batter per inning. With Rafael Soriano struggling, Johnson is considering other options. Clippard has yet to record a save this season, but he's worth stashing in case he sees some ninth inning time over the final month.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 09:10:00 PM

Tyler Clippard hasn't allowed a run in May.

Clippard is seventh in the National League with eight holds. He's collected three wins in 2013 and posted a 2.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 19/11 K/BB ratio over 19 appearances. The Yankee Clippard had a 6.33 ERA over six starts in the Bronx as a rookie in 2007. In the six years since, he owns a sparkling 2.83 ERA and 1.09 WHIP for the Nationals. It's time for a new nickname, though The National Clippard leaves plenty to be desired.
Fri, May 24, 2013 01:56:00 AM

Nationals and RHP Tyler Clippard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract.

No word yet on the terms involved. Clippard was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter after earning $1.65 million last season. The Nationals have come to terms with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players, leaving only right-hander Jordan Zimmermann.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 04:09:00 PM

On the same day that Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that Tyler Clippard would share the closer’s role with Drew Storen, Clippard picked up a blown save in Friday’s loss to the Brewers.

He surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning. He took over with a 2-1 lead, trying to protect a gem of an outing by Edwin Jackson. Clippard has now taken losses in each of his last two outings, and three of his last seven.
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 10:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
3Sandy Leon
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Jeff Kobernus
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
8A.J. Cole
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Drew Storen
2Tyler Clippard
3Craig Stammen
4Jerry Blevins
5Matt Thornton
6Aaron Barrett
7Xavier Cedeno
8Erik Davis
9Blake Treinen
10Matt Grace
11Bruce Billings
12Heath Bell