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Report: Blue Jays have checked in with Athletics about Tyler Clippard

New York Yankees v Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 28: Tyler Clippard #36 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the game against the New York Yankees at O.co Coliseum on May 28, 2015 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Yankees 5-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

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With the Athletics looking like one of the few obvious sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, reliever Tyler Clippard figures to be a popular name. One surging team in the AL East has already reached out to express interest in a deal:

The Blue Jays were reportedly interested in Clippard over the winter, so it’s easy to understand why they are revisiting the possibility. The 30-year-old has functioned as Oakland’s closer this season, posting a 3.20 ERA and 22/13 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 inning while going 9-for-11 in save opportunities. He’s making $8.3 million this season and will be a free agent this winter.

Brett Cecil is Toronto’s closer right now, but they haven’t needed him much in that capacity recently. He notched his first save since May 4 last night.

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