The New York Mets have acquired relief pitcher Tyler Clippard from the Oakland Athletics, the team announced Monday. The Mets also acquire cash in the trade and send minor-league pitcher Casey Meisner to Oakland.
Clippard, 30, has a 2.79 ERA this season and converted 17 of his 21 save opportunities while filling in for injured closer Sean Doolittle.
The Mets currently have the sixth-best bullpen ERA in the majors and their relievers are holding opponents to a .213 batting average, the third-best in the majors. They are two games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East and 4 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot.
Meisner was a third-round pick in 2013 and has a 2.35 ERA in 18 Class A starts this season. He had reportedly been a popular trade target. Newsday’s Marc Carig reports the Milwaukee Brewers were interested in acquiring Meisner as part of a trade for Gerardo Parra.
- Dan Gartland