The New York Yankees appear to be revamping their bullpen prior to the trade deadline. They acquired right-hander Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Clippard, who is under contract through next season, should serve as the seventh-inning setup man for the Yankees. The Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday that New York dealt Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians.
The Diamondbacks confirmed the trade on Twitter earlier this morning:
OFFICIAL: #Dbacks acquire right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos from the Yankees in exchange for Tyler Clippard.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 31, 2016
Clippard made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2007, pitching to a 3-1 record and 6.33 ERA in 27 innings. For his career, he’s 44-32 with a 2.97 ERA and 658 strikeouts in 599.2 innings. Clippard has certainly had his fair share of struggles this season in Arizona. He has a 4.30 ERA, his worst in a full season, and he’s allowed seven home runs in 37.2 innings. The Diamondbacks, who are in last place in the National League West, seemed to have no reason to keep Clippard. A trade to the Yankees allows the Diamondbacks to drop his $6 million salary. Clippard isn’t going to necessarily turn New York’s fortune around, but he will provide a veteran presence in the clubhouse. The right-hander has racked up a major league high 480 appearances since 2010 and an MLB-best 632 strikeouts as a reliever since the start of the 2009 season.
The Yankees gave up minor league right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos to land Clippard. Campos, 24, had a combined 9-3 record with a 3.20 ERA in 20 starts at Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He was originally acquired by the Yankees in the deal that brought Michael Pineda to the Bronx.