The New York Mets have traded Casey Meisner to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for RHP Tyler Clippard, who has developed the reputation of being one of the best relievers in the game.
Clippard, 30, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the ninth round of the 2003 Amateur Draft, and spent the last seven seasons with the Washington Nationals before being signed by Oakland this offseason.
The towering 6’3″, 200 pound native of Lexington, Kentucky has posted an impressive 2.79 ERA in 38.2 innings this season. Still, with Oakland struggling to gain ground in the American League West and Clippard’s contract expiring at the end of the season, it seemed in the best interests of Billy Beane’s franchise to part ways with an expensive piece who has limited effectiveness for a team that isn’t going anywhere in 2015.
The move makes coherent sense for a team battling to see October. Clippard’s dominant, and down the stretch, you need a guy that’s not going to crumble under pressure.
With Jenrry Mejia ineligible to pitch in the postseason due to the use of foreign substances and Jeurys Familia struggling with control since the All Star break, New York needs a setup man, and the former Nat should fill that void.
On the other hand, Meisner, 20, has enjoyed tremendous success in the minors, posting a 2.83 ERA in 6 games for St. Lucie this season. The 6’7″, 190-pound right hander was the team’s third-round pick in 2013, and will bolster Oakland’s already extensive prospect pool.