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Nats trade Tyler Clippard to A’s

The Washington Nationals traded longtime setup man Tyler Clippard to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday, in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Clippard is coming off an All Star season and has recorded a 2.64 ERA since 2009, while appearing in at least 70 games over the last five seasons.

Escobar provides depth in the middle infield, he can play both shortstop and second base.

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He is also insurance if the Nationals decide to part ways with Ian Desmond, either through trade this offseason or via free agency next offseason.

Escobar, who is 32, hit .258 last year with seven homeruns and 39 RBIs for Tampa Bay.

This is also just another deal in a series of trades between Nats GM Mike Rizzo and A’s GM Billy Beane, who have been involved in countless transactions since 2010. Most notably involving players like Gio Gonzalez, Josh Willingham, Tommy Milone and Derek Norris.

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