The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos.
Clippard, 31, was 2-3 with one save and a 4.30 ERA (37.2IP, 34H, 18ER, 15BB, 46K) in 40 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2016. Prior to the season, he signed a two-year contract with Arizona as a free agent. He played the 2015 season with Oakland and the Mets, combining for a 5-4 record with 19 saves and a 2.92 ERA (71.0IP, 49H, 23ER, 31BB, 64K, 8HR) in 69 games.
Originally selected by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Clippard was 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA (27.0IP, 29H, 19ER, 17BB, 18K, 6HR) in six starts as a rookie with the Yankees in 2007. Following the season, he was traded to Washington for right-handed pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo.
A two-time NL All-Star (2011, '14) now in his 10th Major League season, Clippard was credited with the win in the 2011 Midsummer Classic at Chase Field. He owns a 44-32 career record with 54 saves and a 2.97 ERA (198ER, 245BB, 658K, 72HR) in 529 games (including eight starts), having allowed just 416H in 599.2IP. His .183 (185-for-1,013) batting average allowed to left-handed hitters since 2009 is the third-lowest in the Majors, trailing only Craig Kimbrel (.168) and Clayton Kershaw (.182) among pitchers with at least 750 batters faced.
Clippard is the only pitcher to appear in at least 69 Major League games in each of the prior six seasons (2010-15). He has also tallied a Major League-high 480 appearances since the start of 2010 and an MLB-best 632 strikeouts as a reliever since the start of the 2009 season.
Campos, 24, combined for a 9-3 record with a 3.20 ERA (121.0IP, 103H, 43ER, 38BB, 105K, 4HR) in 20 starts at Single-A Tampa (10GS), Double-A Trenton (9GS) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1GS) in 2016. He was acquired by the Yankees along with RHP Michael Pineda from Seattle in exchange for C/DH Jesus Montero and RHP Hector Noesi on January 23, 2012. In 104 career minor league games (including 87 starts), Campos is 33-23 with a 3.67 ERA (458.1IP, 422H, 187ER, 120BB, 420K, 24HR).