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Yankees acquire Tyler Clippard from D’Backs

Update: 11:40 am

The New York Yankees have officially announced the acquisition of right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league right-hander Vicente Campos.

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On the heels of the trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Indians, it appears the Yankees are looking to add some veteran depth to the later innings.

According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, New York will acquire Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks.

Clippard started his career in the Yankees organization, and made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2007, at that time as a starting pitcher.  In six starts in the Bronx, he went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA with 18 strikeouts.

The 31-year-old has appeared in 40 games for the Diamondbacks this season.  He is 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 37.2 innings of work.

According to New York Post columnist Joel Sherman, the plan is for Clippard is to work the 7th inning with hopes that Adam Warren, Luis Severino, Chad Green and in time Bryan Mitchell work the later innings and can set up Dellin Betances.

It seems like an odd deal for the New York who seem to be in the midst of selling, but Clippard should be a solid addition to the bullpen for the Yankees.  He is in the middle of a 2-year $12.25 million deal that runs through 2017.  Regardless, he is a great teammate and brings a fearless veteran presence with plenty of late-game experience to the table.

The Yankees will send Vicente Campos to the Diamondbacks.  Campos was the second piece in the deal that brought Michael Pineda to New York from the Mariners for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.  Campos has made 20 starts this season with a 3.20 ERA across three teams.  He has made it from the Tampa Yankees (A+) to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (AAA) this season.

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