The Houston Astros are making another move to their bullpen. They are set to acquire Tyler Clippard from the Chicago White Sox, sources told FanRag Sports on Sunday night.
The teams later announced the deal, with a player to be named later or cash considerations going back to the White Sox in return for the reliever.
This is the second time that Clippard has been traded this season, as he was part of the deal in which the New York Yankees received Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox. After struggling during his time with the Yankees this season, going 1-5 with a 4.95 ERA in 36 innings pitched, Clippard was better during his brief time with the White Sox. Clippard made ten appearances in Chicago, going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 11 appearances.
Clippard, who pitched a total of ten innings in Chicago, last appeared in a game on Saturday against Kansas City. Clippard pitched two-thirds of an inning in that outing, getting both outs to convert the save opportunity. He also made two appearances against the Astros last week, allowing three hits in two innings of work.
Overall, Tyler Clippard has a 2-6 record with a 4.27 ERA and three saves in eight opportunities in 2017.
With Ken Giles, who has converted 23 of his 26 save opportunities, firmly entrenched as the closer it’s unlikely that Clippard will have that role in Houston. The veteran joins a bullpen that currently ranks 19th in Major League Baseball with a 4.29 ERA, but its 24 victories are tied for the most in the majors.
The team added Francisco Liriano and moved him to the pen.