Report: Indians sign Clippard to minor-league deal

Clippard will make $1.75 million if he makes the Indians' roster

James Rapien
February 20, 2019 - 1:48 pm
Aug 14, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians are signing relief pitcher Tyler Clippard to a minor league contract according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. He will make $1.75 million next season, with the potential to earn another $1 million in incentives if he makes the final roster.

Clippard has spent 12 seasons in the big leagues with eight different teams. The two-time All-Star appeared in 73 games last season for the Blue Jays, finishing with a 3.67 ERA. Clippard posted a 4-3 record, allowing 57 hits and 28 runs in 68.2 innings. He had seven saves last season in Toronto.

Clippard will battle Nick Goody, John Edwards, Nick Wittgren and others for a roster spot. These are the type of signings the Indians have to get right. They've cut payroll this offseason, which means they're on the hunt for potential bargains. Taking a flier on a veteran like Clippard makes a lot of sense and it gives Cleveland another arm to look at during spring training.

He showed he could still perform last season in Toronto. Watch some of his highlights below.