D-backs talking contract with veteran reliever Tyler Clippard

Tyler Clippard had a 2.92 ERA, 19 saves and gave up 49 hits in 71 innings while splitting last season between the Oakland A's and New York Mets.

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Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Monday that the team is trying to work out a deal with free-agent relief pitcher Tyler Clippard.

"We have talked concepts," Stewart told mlb.com. "We’re hopeful we can get something done."

Clippard has spent the bulk of his nine-year major-league career with the Nationals, but he split last season with the Oakland A’s and New York Mets. He was paid $8.3 million last season.

He was 1-3 with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 37 appearances for Oakland, then was traded to the Mets for their postseason push and went 4-1 with two saves and a 3.06 ERA in 32 appearances.

He has been a set-up man for much of his career but had 32 saves for Washington in 2012. He turns 31 on Sunday.

For his career, he’s given up just 382 hits over 562 innings while registering 612 strikeouts. He has a career earned run average of 2.88.

The Diamondbacks enter spring training next week with Brad Ziegler as their presumptive closer. Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter, Randall Delgado and Andrew Chafin are expected to be part of the bullpen, with Enrique Burgos, Silvino Bracho, Evan Marshall and Matt Reynolds in the mix for what figures to be two remaining roster spots.