Now that the Athletics have sent Yunel Escobar packing to the Nationals, the trade from the other day becomes essentially Boog Powell and Daniel Robertson for Ben Zobrist and 32 year old Tyler Clippard, a solid Right Handed reliever who could end up as the A’s closer. The down side is that he is in the final year of his contract and there are no guarantees that he will want to hang around the Bay Area. He has spent his whole career in New York and Washington, D.C., so you have to assume he’s settled down there.
Still, his tweet was pretty positive, so hopefully he’ll be the missing piece the A’s Bullpen didn’t have last year. He’s been pretty reliable in the Middle relief role and 2012, he had 32 Saves for the Nationals. This could be a really good fit for the A’s, especially if the future is now is really happening.