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Houston Astros acquiring Tyler Clippard, per reports

Reports indicate the Astros are acquiring reliever Tyler Clippard from the Chicago White Sox

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The Houston Astros, apparently rattled after losing two of three in Arlington this weekend, are responding to the possibility of the Silver Boot slipping away by fortifying their bullpen, or adding to it, anyway, in the form of reliever Tyler Clippard. Houston is reportedly acquiring Clippard from the Chicago White Sox, for what would seem likely to be a nominal return.

Clippard was foisted on the ChiSox as part of the deal that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to New York, and as a free agent after this season, the rebuilding Sox had little motivation to keep him around. Clippard has had a FIP in the 4s each year since 2015, but has had a nice stint for Chicago, so maybe he's getting things turned around. On the other hand, Clippard has faced 44 batters for the ChiSox, so it is most likely small sample size fluctuation.

The Astros, meanwhile, get a reliever to the pen, and in the aftermath of Josh Reddick and Dallas Keuchel complaining publicly about the front office not making moves at the deadline, I guess Jeff Luhnow can say, "Okay, guys, happy now?"