After being traded from the New York Yankees on July 19th to the Chicago White Sox, Tyler Clippard has been moved once again. This time Clippard has joined an AL contender in the Houston Astros. The Houston Astros will be Tyler Clippard’s seventh team since the beginning of 2014 (Nationals, Athletics, Mets, Diamondbacks, Yankees, White Sox, and now Astros). This trade would make it the fifth reliever that the Chicago White Sox have moved since July 18th of this year. The White Sox traded David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees, Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers, and Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. Bullpen arms can be very volatile and with the White Sox not looking to compete any time soon, they have been able to find some great value by moving all of these bullpen arms.
There were a couple of surprises with this trade though. The biggest was that Tyler Clippard was able to bring back anything of value due to the fact that Tyler Clippard owned a 4.95 ERA in 40 games and 36.1 innings of work with the New York Yankees, but has clearly figured something out since moving to the South Side of Chicago. After acquiring the reliever on July 19th, the White Sox have been able to get 10 innings out of Clippard to go with a 1.80 ERA and a 12:5 K:BB ratio. While Clippard hasn’t been dominant, he has clearly regained some value and the Houston Astros needed that extra arm in the bullpen to aid in their playoff push.
The other surprise is that Tyler Clippard apparently reported the trade himself before anyone else. Here are a couple examples of his social media showing that he was an Astro before any big news site reported it.
Tyler Clippard’s Instagram:
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) August 14, 2017
Tyler Clippard’s Twitter:
As others have pointed out, this too. So either Tyler Clippard has been hacked or sides are finalizing the deal. pic.twitter.com/mblgTZCkx1
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) August 14, 2017
This is something we haven’t really ever seen from an athlete during a trade. This could have just been something that happened to be noticed when someone was checking social media or was tipped off. Either way, it came as a surprise to everyone since there was no official word that Tyler Clippard had been traded by the White Sox.
When the White Sox acquired Tyler Clippard, everyone knew he had been inconsistent since the beginning of 2016. However, most White Sox fans had a feeling he would be flipped before the end of this season considering how great Rick Hahn has been at flipping all types of pieces during the 2017 season. The White Sox have always had one of the better pitching coaches in Don Cooper to keep pitchers healthy, but also get the most out of them and Tyler Clippard praised Don Cooper before leaving as well, according to Daryl Van Schouwen, White Sox beat reporter.
Tyler Clippard said video breakdowns with pitching coaches Don Cooper and Curt Hasler (bullpen) put him back on right track.
— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) August 14, 2017
What the White Sox got in return has yet to be announced, but according to the White Sox twitter, they will receive either cash considerations or a player to be named later. This more than likely means it will be based on health and performance from Tyler Clippard down the homestretch of the 2017 season.
The White Sox have become the best farm system in all of baseball in less than a year and the most recent moves only adds more depth to that farm if the White Sox are able to acquire a physical piece in this trade. Even if the White Sox receive only cash considerations for Clippard in this trade, that money will be valuable to Hahn and the rest of the South Side as they prepare for the 2018 offseason and large pool of talent that will be available at that time. We all know that bags of money will be tossed around during that time period and while the White Sox aren’t going to receive a ton for Tyler Clippard, every little bit counts. Rick Hahn continues to work his magic and this is just another step towards the future for the White Sox.
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