Today, the Diamondbacks continue their amazing off-season by signing former two-time All-Star in Tyler Clippard. Clippard will receive a two year deal worth $12.25 mil with $4 mil resulting in in a signing bonus. The deal was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Next, Clippard had a good 2015 campaign. he piled up a 5-4 record with a 2.92 ERA. The 30-year-old continues to perform at a high level. Clippard also pitched in 69 games in a total of 71 hard innings. Now, he also struck out 64 batters, which is his lowest total of strikeouts he piled up in one season since 2009. He usually punches out 75 to 85 batters a season. He gets any batter out and in different ways.
In addition, Clippard will join Brad Ziegler, Daniel Hudson, Andrew Chafin, Randall Delgado, and Josh Collmenter in the pen. Clippard will be the setup man to Ziegler, but if Ziegler struggles, Clippard will get the first crack at the job. Remember, Clippard has 54 career saves.
Furthermore, Clippard’s velocity has decreased over the past three seasons and his fly-ball rate went up. Now, Clippard is a great pitcher, but is going to a hitter friendly park where the ball loves to fly. He had a fly-ball rate of 60.6 percent.
Overall, the Diamondbacks stole Clippard. Clippard will boost that bullpen and help the Diamondbacks contend in the National League West.