The Yankees have acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the Diamondbacks in exchange for minor-league right-hander Vicente Campos, as first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert.
Clippard, who broke into the majors with the Yankees in 2007, will join the Yankees’ bullpen in place of Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, who have both been traded in recent days. He is the second Diamondbacks reliever to be dealt to the AL East this summer, joining Brad Ziegler of the Red Sox.
Clippard, 31, has posted a 2-3 record and 4.30 ERA in 37.2 innings for Arizona in his first season with the club. He signed a 2-year, $12.25 million deal with the Diamondbacks as part of their buying spree last winter, and is controlled through the end of next season.
Clippard will pair with righty Dellin Betances in the back-end of New York’s bullpen, at least partially filling the void left by the departures of Chapman and Miller.
Campos, 24, has posted a 3.27 ERA in 20 starts split between High-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the Yankees this season. He was ranked by MLB.com as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system at the time of the deal, but became expendable due to the prospect depth the Yanks have added in recent hauls for Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.
Campos was originally sent to the Yankees from the Mariners as part of the Jesus Montero/Michael Pineda trade in 2012, and is regarded for plus stuff despite some injury concerns over the years. He projects as a mid-rotation starter in the majors.