Jul 27, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT
Given the rumors linking the Nationals to former fan favorite Tyler Clippard this week, the worst fears of many have perhaps been realized.
Clippard is coming back to the NL East, but he won’t be pitching in Washington. The New York Mets have instead traded for the two-time NL All-Star.
Clippard, 30, was shipped to the Oakland Athletics this offseason after pitching seven years in Washington. The return was Yunel Escobar, who has been indispensable for the Nationals this season. But with struggles in their bullpen, there’s no doubt Clippard has been missed.
Now he will help the Mets who are the Nats’ most legitimate threat to repeating as NL East champions. New York should benefit immensely from having Clippard, who will likely be their setup man ahead of Jeurys Familia.
Clippard was the closer for Oakland for much of this season and posted 17 saves with a 2.79 ERA. He has a 2.65 ERA in 449 games since become a full-time reliever for the Nats in 2009.
The Mets sent pitching prospect Casey Meisner to Oakland for Clippard. A 6-foot-7 starter, Meisner has a 2.89 ERA in 41 total minor league games.
The Nationals will see Clippard and the Mets very soon in New York this weekend. The Mets will also play one more time in Washington from Sept. 7-9.
Clippard was always popular among fans, so it will be interesting to see what sort of reception he gets now that he plays for the enemy.
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