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PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 14: Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard #19 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Astros 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 14: Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard #19 of the Houston Astros pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 14, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Astros 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – MAY 16: Tyler Clippard #29 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO – MAY 16: Tyler Clippard #29 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Kauffman Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /

Tyler Clippard

Tyler Clippard is a former two time all star who pitched for three teams in 2017. Clippard  started the year with the New York Yankees. He was then traded to the rebuilding Chicago White Sox in the Todd Frazier deal. And finally, Clippard was traded to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros, who ultimately left Clippard off of their postseason roster due to his struggles.

In 2017 with the two contending teams he played on, the Yankees and Astros, he struggled. With the Yankees he had an ERA of 4.95, a FIP of 5.00, and an ERA+ of 92. With the Astros, the struggles were even more pronounced, although in a smaller sample size. In Houston he pitched to an ERA of 6.43, a FIP of 5.09, and an ERA+ of only 63.

With the rebuilding White Sox, however, Clippard pitched to an ERA of 1.80, and FIP of 2.26, and an ERA+ of 247(!). One stat that Clippard excelled on with all three teams was his strikeouts. Clippard had 10.7 K/9. He did, however have 4.6BB/9 while giving up 47 hits in 60 innings.

Prior to 2017, Clippard was a very solid reliever who also acted as a closer a couple of times. He was an All-Star in 2011 and 2014 while pitching for the Washington Nationals. Clippard also has 61 career saves and if he pitches well in the first half of a one year deal, he could be flipped to a contender for a prospect or two.

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