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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
Contract: view contract details

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Tyler Clippard worked a perfect ninth inning for his fourth save of the season in Monday's 2-1 victory versus the Astros.
The A's entered the game having won only one of their previous 10 games, so save opportunities have been few and far between for Clippard. He struck out Chris Carter, got Colby Rasmus to fly out, and struck out Jason Castro to end the contest. Clippard is 4-for-5 in save opportunities with a 2.50 ERA and a 15/8 K/BB ratio in 18 innings. Sean Doolittle is still working his way back from a partial rotator cuff tear and shouldn't be expected back until the end of the month or early June, so Clippard should continue pitching the ninth inning until then. May 18 - 11:55 PM

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Tyler Clippard was asked to get five outs Tuesday, working 1 2/3 innings to earn the save against the Twins.

The Twins pushed across a run in the eighth inning and were threatening to tie the game with runners on first and third with one out, but Clippard struck out Torii Hunter and got Joe Mauer to fly out to end the threat. He worked a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory. Clippard has been shaky at points but owns a nice 2.25 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
May 6 - 12:07 AM

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

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 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 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

Depth Charts

C1Stephen Vogt
2Josh Phegley
1B1Ike Davis
2Mark Canha
3Max Muncy
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Eric Sogard
SS1Marcus Semien
3B1Brett Lawrie
LF1Coco Crisp
CF1Sam Fuld
2Billy Burns
3Craig Gentry
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
S1Sonny Gray
2Scott Kazmir
3Jesse Hahn
4Drew Pomeranz
5Jesse Chavez
6Jarrod Parker
7A.J. Griffin
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Tyler Clippard
3Eric O'Flaherty
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Evan Scribner
7Edward Mujica
8Fernando Rodriguez
9Angel Castro
10Arnold Leon
11Taylor Thompson