the republic logo

Mets acquire reliever Tyler Clippard from Athletics; 2nd trade for New York in 4 days

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

NEW YORK — The active New York Mets acquired first-rate reliever from Oakland for a minor league pitcher Monday, completing their second trade in four days and sending another signal they're serious about contending this year.

The suddenly aggressive Mets shipped Casey Meisner to the Athletics in a swap of right-handers that increases New York's payroll by a little more than $2 million.

The 30-year-old Clippard, eligible for free agency after this season, is 1-3 with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves in 21 chances. The Athletics obtained him from Washington in January.

Oakland also traded starting pitcher to Houston last Thursday.

"The fact of the matter is we are in last place, and so it would probably behoove us to get return on players who are going to be free agents," general manager said on a conference call. "I would assume that a lot of people agree with that approach."

A two-time All-Star, Clippard joins closer and gives the Mets an imposing 1-2 punch in the late innings to support their talented rotation.

With former closers and also back in the bullpen, manager now has a number of proven relief options — which should take some pressure off the New York starters who have carried the club all season.

After six straight losing seasons and years of rebuilding, the Mets are finally in position to make a playoff run thanks to their stingy pitching staff. The team trails first-place Washington by two games in the NL East and entered Monday 3 1/2 behind San Francisco for the league's second wild card.

Starved for offense and seeking their first postseason berth since 2006, the Mets added third baseman and utilityman on Friday night in a deal with Atlanta for two minor league pitchers.

New York's payroll has gone up by about $4.46 million with the two deals.

Uribe was owed $2,557,377 of his $6.5 million salary at the time of Friday night's trade and Johnson was due $590,164 of his $1.5 million salary. Atlanta agreed to send the Mets $814,754 as part of that trade.

New York could still use another bat, preferably a right-handed power hitter. Detroit's , San Diego's and Milwaukee's are among the potentially available sluggers who would fit the bill.

Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is Friday.

With lefty specialist out since April with a broken forearm, Clippard's dominant numbers against left-handed hitters could be a major boost to the Mets.

Clippard's outstanding changeup has helped him hold left-handed batters to a .100 average this season (7 for 70) and a .183 mark throughout his nine-year career with the Yankees, Nationals and Athletics. Right-handed hitters have managed only .197, for that matter.

Clippard, who led the majors with 40 holds last year, is the lone pitcher to appear in at least 70 games in each of the past five seasons (2010-2014).

When he reports Tuesday, there will be $3,129,508 remaining from his $8.3 million salary. Oakland will pay the Mets $1 million as part of the trade.

The 6-foot-7 Meisner, 20, was a third-round draft pick in 2013. He is 10-4 with a 2.35 ERA in 18 starts for Class A Savannah and St. Lucie this season.

"A guy that we think is going to be a starter all the way through, and a guy that we liked out of the draft," Beane said. "One of our focuses here, even as it relates to the Kazmir deal and on this deal, was really focusing on some guys that maybe are a little farther away, but maybe had a little bit more upside, which is not necessarily how we've approached things maybe in the more recent past. He's 92-94 (mph) with his fastball and still room for growth."

Beane said it was the first deal he's ever made with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, his former boss in Oakland.

Meisner is expected to report to Class A Stockton in the California League.

NOTES: Mets C Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) had a single in three at-bats and caught seven innings for Double-A Binghamton in his third rehab game. ... To open a spot for Clippard on the 40-man roster, the Mets transferred right-handed reliever to the 60-day disabled list.


AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

PHOTO: FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. In their second trade in four days, the New York Mets have acquired closer Clippard from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
FILE - In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. In their second trade in four days, the New York Mets have acquired closer Clippard from the Oakland Athletics for minor league pitcher Casey Meisner. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.