The Oakland Athletics have decided to traded relief pitcher Tyler Clippard to the New York Mets for minor league pitching prospect Casey Meisner. What I like about this trade for the Mets is that it provides them with a guy that can be a reliable setup man in the 8th inning or the closer in the 9th inning. New York has a decent bullpen already, but they are relying upon unproven players like Sean Gilmartin, Carlos Torres, and Hansel Robles to perform in high-pressure situations. Clippard brings a reliever that has experience in the NL East division and he is one of the most reliable players in tough situations. Clippard has a 2.79 ERA with 17 saves for Oakland this season and he automatically brings some more stability to a Mets bullpen that will need that especially in the race for the postseason. Meanwhile, Oakland is once again planning for the future by getting 20-year old starting pitcher Casey Meisner from the Mets minor league system. Meisner is still in High-A and he is really raw, but he was the Mets’ 15th best prospect so he does have really good potential. He has been impressive in the minor leagues so far and to get him for Clippard could turn out to be a really good deal in the future.
Mets grade: B+ – With the unproven relievers in the Mets bullpen they needed some more stability which is what they received with Tyler Clippard. He likely will fill the Closer’s role for New York and he is an immediate help to the bullpen to try and help the Mets get into the playoffs. It might have been too much to give up by trading Meisner to the Mets, but I guess that is the price that New York had to pay to acquire a proven closer like Clippard.
Athletics grade: A+ – Clippard was good for Oakland this season, but Billy Beane made the right move by getting rid of him while has value was still high. Oakland received a really good prospect compared to what they thought they would get for Clippard. Meisner is a little bit raw, but the Athletics really have nothing to lose by acquiring a guy that has tremendous potential to be an impact player at the MLB level.