Can I get this post written by the time my train gets downtown? All right, GO.
The big reliever trade went down earlier this morning, but two more were also announced:
Today the @Yankees announced they have acquired RH reliever Tyler Clippard from Arizona in exchange for minor league RHP Vicente Campos.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 31, 2016
OFFICIAL: The #WhiteSox have acquired OF Charlie Tilson from St. Louis in exchange for LHP Zach Duke.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 31, 2016
The Cardinals deal makes plenty of sense, since they’ve been looking to add a relief arm for a while. He’s under control on a reasonable deal through next year, and has a 2.63/3.03/3.26 pitching line this year, heavily facing other lefties. He’s fine. It’s a fine addition, even if not an overly sexy one. I know virtually nothing about Tilson, and in the time I have to write this post, I’m not going to pretend to be able to figure it out.
Speaking of things I can’t figure out, why are the Yankees picking up another reliever after trading away Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller? Well, as best I can figure, the Yankees want Clippard in place for 2017 (through which his contract runs). Perhaps now was as good a time as any to pick him up? Instead of after the season for some reason? Surely they’re not going to try and convince anyone they’re still trying to win this year, right?
All right! I did it! With a couple stops to spare!