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The Yankee Clippard (or Clip-and-Save, depending on which era of his career you’re referring to) faltered at the worst possible time in 2015. Had the Gumby-esque righthander pitched like he’s capable of in the postseason, he’d surely be right up there with McGee and Boxberger among top available relief help.
Actually, he is. Look at Clippard’s whole body of work. That’s why. Few, if any, relievers have been more reliable than the bespectacled righthander. Clippard has averaged 73 appearances a season, serving just as capably as a closer as a setup man. His ERA in that span sits comfortably under 3.00. Regardless of his postseason meltdown with the New York Mets, Clippard will get a nice little contract this offseason. Hopefully, it’s the St. Louis Cardinals that offer it to him.