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Twins Sign Tyler Clippard

The Twins continued to address their bullpen on Friday with the announcement that they have signed veteran right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard to a one-year deal. In addition, the Sergio Romo signing was confirmed.
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While we all wait for the big, "impact" move, the Twins announced a couple of moves that will hopefully solidify their 2020 bullpen.

34-year-old Tyler Clippard was signed to a one-year deal. He pitched in 53 games for Cleveland in 2019 and went 1-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 62 innings.



He has been in pro ball for 17 years, starting in 2003 when he was a ninth-round pick of the Yankees. Since then, he has played in 13 big-league seasons and played in two All-Star Games. He has spent time with the Yankees, Nationals, A's, Mets, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Astros, Blue Jays and Indians.

The team also confirmed the signing of Sergio Romo to a one-year contract with a 2021 option.

The Twins 40-man roster is now at 38.

And no, a $2.75 million contract for a reliever has no effect on their pursuit of the likes of Josh Donaldson or Hyun-Jin Ryu.

A potential Twins bullpen could now include:

Taylor Rogers
Tyler Duffey
Trevor May
Sergio Romo
Tyler Clippard
Zack Littell
Cody Stashak
Fernando Romero
Matt Wisler
Jorge Alcala
(and guys like Dobnak, Smeltzer, Thorpe, Graterol)

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Not bad. And one year makes sense. 

    • glunn, gunnarthor, Twins33 and 10 others like this
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TouchEmAllGuy
Dec 20 2019 11:22 AM

Good move!

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Nice, but they need a starter!! He had a great season last year. Hope he can keep that going.
    • glunn, tarheeltwinsfan, Captain Torii and 1 other like this
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TouchEmAllGuy
Dec 20 2019 11:27 AM

Definitely heard of this guy. What does he throw? Velocity? What is his money pitch?

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Low risk move who can be cut easily if the wheels fall off.
    • glunn, gunnarthor, Mike Frasier Law and 4 others like this

Good, rock-solid pitcher.

 

Very much in the Terry Ryan/Falvine mold of a signing...1 year, vet, cheap, zero-risk.

 

He'll be a good, reliable back end of the bullpen arm

    • glunn, gunnarthor, Mike Frasier Law and 5 others like this

Definitely heard of this guy. What does he throw? Velocity? What is his money pitch?


http://www.brooksbas...p?player=461325

His change up has been his go to pitch for years.
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Clippard had a .855 WHIP, 4.27 K/BB ratio in Cleveland... sign me up! I thought he was a lefty at first, but no, he's another righty. 

 

Having a bullpen of Rogers, Romo, Duffey, Clippard, May, Littell, Stashak and others is a strong group to start the year, especially compared to last year. Now let's see if we can land Ryu or Donaldson... or maybe both?

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bustedstuff88
Dec 20 2019 11:36 AM

Dang good move here. We will quietly have one of the best pens of '20

    • SQUIRREL, glunn, Mike Sixel and 6 others like this

Solid. Throwing more strikes last 2 years cut his walk rate in half. Less K's than prior years but improvement of WHIP into elite territory.

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Dang good move here. We will quietly have one of the best pens of '20

 

The pen does look like it will be one of the better ones. I like the odds one of the AAA/AA pitchers really steps up in the bullpen this year also. Of course, they need to get to the 6th inning first.....

    • glunn, birdwatcher, scottz and 2 others like this

no such thing as a bad one year contract, imo

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With the way signings have gone are we gonna see more "bullpen" games or a opener strategy, or maybe some crazy hybrid...?
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Dang good move here. We will quietly have one of the best pens of '20

 

Until they have to 4 innings of each Odo start and 5-6 for each of the 3-5 starters.

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With the way signings have gone are we gonna see more "bullpen" games or a opener strategy, or maybe some crazy hybrid...?

 

They don't know either.

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Seems they learned their lesson from the Addison Reed signing. Keep it short, sweet and always leave yourself with a way out.

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Would have liked to see either Steve Cishek, Will Harris, Daniel Hudson, or Brandon Kintzler. Simply it came down to money of course.

 

Next let's bring back Pat Neshek on a minor league deal.

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MMMordabito
Dec 20 2019 12:06 PM

I like this signing.The depth of quality bullpen arms could be going well into the AAA roster.Anyone with an option out there house left of the batter's eye should be figuring out what they will do with all the frequent flyer miles.  

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108Stitches
Dec 20 2019 12:09 PM
Prediction: Alcala will not last in the big leagues. Sorry. I know most people are very high on him. I just don’t see it. And that 5.29 ERA in AA makes me scratch my head how he even got to the bigs.

I like it. Nice solid move that should really help the pen. 

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nicksaviking
Dec 20 2019 12:16 PM

I really like this, Clippard has been one of my favorite underrated relievers I was hoping the Twins would sign each of the past two years. He's only ever had one bad season, I don't think relievers get much more reliable year-to-year.

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Prediction: Alcala will not last in the big leagues. Sorry. I know most people are very high on him. I just don’t see it. And that 5.29 ERA in AA makes me scratch my head how he even got to the bigs.

That 5.87 ERA was accumulated mostly as a starter, which I don't think he is going forward. I'm willing to bet if he pitches 1 to 2 inning outings, he'll drastically improve. 

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IndianaTwin
Dec 20 2019 12:23 PM

 

Clippard had a .855 WHIP, 4.27 K/BB ratio in Cleveland... sign me up! I thought he was a lefty at first, but no, he's another righty. 

 

Having a bullpen of Rogers, Romo, Duffey, Clippard, May, Littell, Stashak and others is a strong group to start the year, especially compared to last year. Now let's see if we can land Ryu or Donaldson... or maybe both?

 

And the numbers are even better when you take out a couple of the games when he was used as an opener against a certain Midwestern team that he, um, won't have to face this year. 

 

I've liked him for a few years. He's often been in the closer/I'm-surprised-they're-not-using-him-as-a-closer spot. Frankly, if they want to focus Rogers' use on high-leverage situations, it would be easy to slot Clippard into the more traditional closer role to allow that to happen. Greater flexibility in using Rogers would also lessen the need for another lefty. 

 

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Prediction: Alcala will not last in the big leagues. Sorry. I know most people are very high on him. I just don’t see it. And that 5.29 ERA in AA makes me scratch my head how he even got to the bigs.

 

He started the year off almost unhittable with a low ERA and Good K rate.As the year went on he seemed to wear down.Once back in the pen at the end of the year he did well again.He is not a sure thing by any means but I think you might be selling him short.He also has a chance to be an elite reliever with a few tweeks,He has a ways to go yet but I am very interested to see what he can do for a full season as a reliever. 

 

FYI most scouts always had him pegged as reliever from the beginning so thinking of him as a long term starter seemed a bit pie in the sky to me.If he doesn't pan out that makes the Pressly trade more brutal.Have to wait and see yet though.

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I'm curious why Cleveland puts him in games that they lose? His first 11 appearances the Indians lost all 11. He had no blown saves.
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