The Houston Astros have acquired RHP Tyler Clippard from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
This really comes as a surprise, since the Astros are trying to make a big splash, and Clippard is having a really bad year. But, since joining the White Sox after being traded from the Yankees. He\’s allowed just two runs in 10 innings and two saves since the trade. He brings veteran presence their pen.
Clippard, 32, has a 4.27 ERA, three saves, 1.29 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46.1 innings this year for the White Sox and Yankees. In his 11 year MLB career for the White Sox, Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals, Clippard has a 3.04 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 59 saves and 738 strikeouts in 671.1 innings.
The White Sox, completely out of the playoff hunt, are completely destroying their bullpen. Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, Dan Jennings and Anthony Swarzak. Trading Clippard just adds to the fire sale. It\’s either another prospect, for their farm system, or extra cash. For anyone playing fantasy baseball, Juan Minaya could be the leading candidate for saves for the rest of the season.
I think the Astros win this trade. It\’s a major leaguer for a minor leaguer, or just cash. It\’s simple. That why they win.