Report: Rays considering reliever Tyler Clippard

The Rays are reportedly targeting Tyler Clippard.
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At a time when teams are putting a huge emphasis on quality bullpen arms, the best from the 2015 free agent class is still unsigned — righty Tyler Clippard.

The 30-year-old has been a consistent performer across his nine-year career, owning a 2.88 ERA across 489 appearances. In 2015, he pitched for Oakland A’s before being flipped to the New York Mets at the trade deadline. As a setup man for the Mets, he tossed 32 1/3 innings, holding a 3.06 ERA over that span.

According to the Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays could be interested in adding Clippard to their pen:

As Topkin notes, Clippard is a Florida native — he went to high school at New Port Richey.

The Rays could certainly use a bullpen arm, especially of Clippard’s caliber. Earlier this offseason, they traded lefty Jake McGee to the Colorado Rockies in a package for Corey Dickerson.