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.
I’m sure that from a Major League viewpoint the trade makes sense, but given how good Robertson is and will be, and Powell’s undeniable talent, you have to feel like the Rays put one over on Billy Bean on this one. Sure, in the short run maybe Zobrist and Escobar are helpful for a Season or three, but long range, Robertson was the guy you build around. After trading Addison Russell last year it’s clear that the A’s are adopting a “future is now” mentality.
In any case, Robertson was likely moving on to Midland this year, but Powell, coming off the lost last season was probably going to spend at least some time in Stockton. Now, they’re both gone.