By: Luis Roman
Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a deal with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard. The deal is reportedly worth two years and $12.25 million.
It is believed that Clippard will be the setup man to closer Brad Ziegler, but he could also take over the closer duties if Ziegler falters. He may not be in his prime, but there are few relievers out there that have been as reliable as Tyler Clippard. Since 2010 he’s made 440 appearances which leads all MLB relievers. He has had three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00. This move just reinforces the Diamondbacks quest to improve their pitching this offseason.
In a subsequent move, the organization avoided arbitration with AJ Pollock by reaching a 2 Year $10.25 million deal. The Diamondbacks should certainly get what they paid for. Pollock had a career year last season, finishing with a .315 batting average, including 20 homers and 76 RBIs, along with 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. After the deal was done the all-star said, “It is an exciting time to be a Diamondback. I’m glad to get the business side is taken care of so now I can focus on helping this team win.”
These two moves should help the Diamondbacks contend both this season and in the near future.