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Diamondbacks keep strengthening team, add RP Tyler Clippard

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the biggest players this MLB offseason, and they’re still adding pieces, as they’ve agreed to a two-year $12.25M deal with relief pitcher Tyler Clippard.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the deal includes a $4M signing bonus, plus salaries of $4.1M, and $4.15M over the next two season.

The 30-year-old Clippard will probably setup for Brad Ziegler, who filled the team’s closer role admirably after taking over for the dismal Addison Reed, who was shipped off to the Mets.

Clippard had a good year in 2015 while splitting time between the Athletics and Mets. He pitched to a 2.92 ERA over 71 IPs. He also has closing experience, which will only help strengthen the Dback’s pen for the playoff run they have in mind.

The team made the first big waves of the offseason by bringing Zack Greinke to the desert on a $200M-plus contract, and mortgaging its future by dealing the current number one overall pick Dansby Swanson and other pieces to the Braves for starter Shelby Miller. They also made headlines last week by shipping Aaron Hill to the Brewers in a deal for Jean Segura.

While it still remains to be seen whether or not all the moves will allow the team to challenge the Dodgers or even the Giants for the division crown, GM Dave Stewart is in “win now” mode, and the addition of Clippard is just further proof of that.