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Stewart: “Pretty good chance” Diamondbacks contact Clippard

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Oct 31, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the 8th inning in game four of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Clippard throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the 8th inning in game four of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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GM Dave Stewart is still looking for bullpen options, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. 

Piecoro asked Stewart specifically about signing Tyler Clippard, who is amongst the best relief pitchers still on the market. 

“We have not talked to his people, [but] that is a good name,” Stewart said regarding Clippard. “I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will [reach out], at least just to see.”

Clippard, who will turn 31 next Sunday, has an ERA of 2.68 in 481 appearances since becoming a full-time relief pitcher in 2009. He has posted an ERA under 3.10 in six of the last seven seasons, including a 2.92 mark with the Athletics and Mets in 2015. 

However, he had a 7.11 ERA over his final 12 appearances during the regular season. These struggles continued into the postseason, where he had a 6.75 ERA in eight games. This includes a pivotal blown lead in Game 4 of the World Series, as Clippard walked two of the three batters he faced that eighth inning. 

This small sample notwithstanding, Clippard is probably the best relief pitcher still available. Arizona had the National League’s median bullpen ERA last season at 3.56, and has done little to improve upon it in the offseason. The only reliever they signed this offseason was Wesley Wright—who played in just 11 games last season. Signing Clippard to a one-year deal, if possible, would be a terrific course of action for the Arizona Diamondbacks. 

A breakdown of the ten best relievers still on the market can be found here

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