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Twins Trade Rumors: Nationals Still Want Span, but Now Pushing Tyler Clippard?

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Well, this just keeps getting better and better. If the Nationals realize that nobody in their right mind would trade Denard Span for relief help, even help as good as Drew Storen, then it means they'll start throwing Minnesota serious offers. Unfortunately for Washington, they're not there yet. Which is just fine by me.

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In the minors, Clippard was a guy who struck out more than a batter per inning while being a massive pain to get a hit off of. But he also didn't have the best command of his stuff and at times is prone to talking too many batters. Here's his SB Nation profile.


Tyler Clippard

#36 / Pitcher / Washington Nationals

6-3

200

R

R

Feb 14, 1985


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tyler Clippard 1-0 46 0 0 0 0 5 58.1 30 11 11 8 20 73 1.70 .86



Clippard, as you can see, is pretty damn good, too. But the problem is that both he and Storen are bullpen arms. If the Twins aren't doing Span for Storen, they're sure as hell not doing Span for Clippard. He hasn't started since the year the Yankees traded him to the Nationals, way back in 2008.

Yes, Clippard is a good reliever. Yes, he's not a free agent until 2016. But until we hear that the Nationals are actually going to throw Minnesota an offer worthy of giving honest consideration to, this is just getting ridiculous. When the Twins turn this down, too, will the Nats just continue to run down their bullpen depth chart? If so, expect to hear Todd Coffey's name next.