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White Sox: Tyler Clippard…Gone Too Soon

Rick Hahn is nothing if not efficient.

Twenty three days after being acquired from the New York Yankees in the deal which sent Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the Bronx, Tyler Clippard is headed to the Houston Astros, per FanRag’s Jon Heyman

During his short stay on the South Side, Clippard fared surprisingly well, perhaps due to diminished expectations. Either way, he appeared in 11 games, surrendering a fine .211/.295/.289 slash line against with 12 strikeouts against five walks with two saves over 10.0 innings pitched.

The move to Houston shores up (to a degree, anyway) a beleaguered bullpen. Sure, Ken Giles is faring well in the closer’s role, but Brad Peacock has been in the rotation since late May, Chris Devenski hasn’t been the pitcher he once was, and guys like Francis Martes and Reymin Guduan haven’t provided the consistency manager A.J. Hinch needs. They’re still quite good as a unit, though Clippard will assuredly provide needed depth.

As far as the return goes, it is expectedly light, though a player to be named later/cash considerations has a lively fastball with some movement.

Let’s just hope it’s more than the $1 the Texas Rangers received from the Seattle Mariners for Ernesto Frieri. Oh, what am I worried about? This is Rich Hahn we’re talking about. White Sox got at least a sawbuck.

One more thing…

Raise your hand if you had Nicky Delmonico reaching base safely in his first 12 games and riding a 10-game hitting streak following an RBI double against the Kansas City Royals Sunday afternoon. All this kid has done since arriving from Charlotte is prove he belongs, slashing out at .366/.422/.463 with six RBI and five runs scored in 11 games entering Sunday’s action.

To be sure, left field is, um, an adventure for Delmonico, but he is just a pleasure to watch play. Here’s hoping he gets a chance to put together a full season in 2018.

Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference or Fangraphs

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