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Potential Targets: Tyler Clippard



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    WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals reacts after he struck out the side to end the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Target: Tyler Clippard, RHP

    Type of move: Trade

    2012 stats: 72 2/3 innings pitched, 2-6 record, 3.72 ERA, 32 saves, 84 strikeouts, 29 walks

    Clippard spent much of the 2012 season as the Washington Nationals' closer was injured, but he's excelled in the past as a set-up man, which is a huge question mark for the Rangers right now with Mike Adams gone and Joakim Soria out until the summer. In 2011, Clippard had a 1.83 ERA in 88 1/3 innings as the Nationals' set-up man.

    The guy has a career K/9 iP number of 10.1, which would be ahead of both Joe Nathan and Soria. In fact, the only Rangers' pitcher with a better number would be Yu Darvish. So yeah, Clippard has a big arm and would be a very beneficial get for the Rangers, especially in this time of great need in the back of the bullpen.