The Mets have officially acquired reliever Tyler Clippard and cash considerations from the Mets in exchange for right-hander Casey Meisner, as first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. New York was known to be working on a deal involving Clippard for most of the day.
Oakland will send $1 million to the Mets in the deal, according to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, meaning that New York will pay about $2 million to Clippard for the remainder of the season.
Clippard is the second Athletics' veteran to be traded, joining Scott Kazmir, who was sent to the Astros last Thursday. Oakland is expected to trade Ben Zobrist in the near future and could deal Jesse Chavez and Josh Reddick, who have drawn interest.
Clippard will shore up a Mets' bullpen that features Bobby Parnell and Jeurys Familia at its back end, providing depth for a group that will lose Jenrry Mejia if it makes the playoffs due to Mejia's drug suspension earlier this year. The 30-year old Clippard has posted a 2.79 ERA while saving seventeen games for the Athletics this season, and drew significant interest from both the Nationals and Yankees before being dealt to the Mets.
Meisner, 20, was the Mets' third-round pick in the 2013 draft and was ranked by MLB.com as the organization's fifteenth-best prospect at the time of the deal. The righty has split his year between Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie, posting a 2.35 ERA in eighteen starts while striking out 89 batters in 111 innings. Meisner, who stands 6-foot-7, 190 pounds, has taken a large step forward this year due to an increase in fastball velocity and an effective curveball.
For the Mets, the addition of Clippard is the second consecutive move in less than a week, as the team acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson in a deal with the Braves. New York is expected to be active on the buyer's market until Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.