The Mets announced Monday evening that they have acquired reliver Tyler Clippard from the A’s for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner. Another good job by Sandy Alderson of getting a major leaguer for a prospect who likely did not figure in the Mets future plans.
Thus far this season the righty is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves. He is averaging a strikeout per inning. The Mets do not need him to a be a closer, but if Jeurys Familia continues to stumble, he can step right in.
Tyler Clippard spent seven fine years with the Nationals before being dealt to the A’s this past off-season. He is 31 years old and can be a free agent following this season. The Mets are on the hook for about $4 million of his remaining salary this year, although the A’s are sending the Mets some cash to offset that.
This has been a good few days for Alderson. He still has to get that one big bat to put the Mets over the top. But so far, so good.