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Report: Nationals “likely” to trade reliever Tyler Clippard

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Tyler Clippard has been one of the best relievers in baseball since joining the Nationals in 2009, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that he is “likely” to be traded.

Why would they do such a thing? Well, Rosenthal cites Clippard’s rising salary and the Nationals’ depth with right-handed relievers. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the 29-year-old right-hander is projected to make $9.3 million next season in his final year of arbitration. That sounds like a lot for a reliever, but consider that Andrew Miller just signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Yankees. He should attract plenty of interest.

Clippard owns a 2.64 ERA (150 ERA+) since 2009 and has made at least 70 appearances in each of the past five seasons.

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