According to Tyler Clippard, Tyler Clippard has been traded to the Astros in return for some asset that was required for the Astros to acquire Tyler Clippard.
Sunday evening, amidst Twitter Reports from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi that Clippard “was being traded” and that the Astros “had been pursuing him,” Clippard or somebody with access to his Twitter and Instagram accounts updated his bios:
So that’s a fun way to get ahead of the news cycle. Either the Astros have indeed acquired Clippard from the Chicago White Sox, or Clippard and/or his agent is using social media to apply some pressure to get the deal done.
And hey, here’s Jon Heyman now Tweeting that it’s Clippard to the Astros. And you know it’s for real because he didn’t capitalize anything.
tyler clippard is being traded to astros— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 14, 2017
No word yet on the return for the White Sox, since no current Astros minor leaguers or cash considerations have updated their Twitter Bio at the time of this publication.
Clippard, 32, is in the last year of a 2-year, $12.2 million contract. He was traded 10 innings ago from the Yankees in the deal that sent David Robertson, Todd Frazier, and Tommy Kahnle to the Bronx. With this deal to the Astros, the White Sox have announced to the world that they are going with the much-speculated “no bullpen” strategy that had been so long hinted at.
Clippard holds a 4.27 ERA on the season, but pitched much better with the White Sox (1.80). Prior to this year, he sustained six seasons of near-elite bullpen performance, averaging around a 2.50 ERA from 2009 through 2015. This year, an elevated walk and home run rate have pushed his FIP and xFIP into the mid to upper 4’s, so this isn’t a guaranteed slam dunk for the Astros.
The acquisition helps a bullpen made shaky from over-use. Clippard figures to slot into a middle relief role, likely bumping James Hoyt, Reymin Guduan, or Francis Martes down to Triple A, all of whom have struggled of late.