UPDATE (MONDAY) -- The Mets have emerged as the favorite to acquire Clippard and have made progress on a deal, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Ben Zobrist is not involved in the talks, which could be completed by the end of the day. Other teams are still in play for Clippard.
ORIGINAL (SUNDAY) -- There are indications that Athletics' reliever Tyler Clippard could be "headed elsewhere" soon, possible as early as Monday, according to a report from Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser lists the Nationals, Mets and Yankees to acquire the right-hander, who appears to be a likely candidate to be traded in the next couple of days.
Officials from both the Athletics and Nationals did not respond to requests for comment late Sunday night.
Washington has been tied to high-end options like Jonathan Papelbon and Aroldis Chapman on the trade market but may swing a deal for Clippard, who pitched for the club from 2008 to 2014 and would go back to his setup role in front of Drew Storen for the Nats. Oakland and Washington have matched up on plenty of notable deals over the last few years and have even sent a player (Kurt Suzuki) back and forth to each other, so a deal involving Clippard is a very strong possibility.
Clippard also pitched for the Yankees in 2007 before being traded to Washington, so that organization has some familiarity with him and likely views him as a seventh inning option in front of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. The Mets are looking for setup help because Jenrry Mejia is ineligible for the playoffs due to his suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.
Clippard, 30, is a free agent after the season and is owed about $4 million for the rest of this year. He has posted a solid 2.79 ERA while saving seventeen games in 37 appearances for Oakland this season, and appears to be the next Athletics' veteran to be shipped out in advance of the trade deadline.