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D-backs sign 2-time All-Star Tyler Clippard

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 16:25:37-05

In December, the Arizona Diamondbacks made some big moves to bolster their starting pitching rotation.

On Monday, they made a significant move to bolster their bullpen.

The D-backs have reached an agreement with veteran relief pitcher Tyler Clippard on a reported two-year deal. The 30-year-old right-hander has a career 2.88 ERA during nine MLB seasons and is a two-time All-Star, in 2011 and 2014 with the Washington Nationals.

Last season, Clippard posted a combined 2.92 ERA in 69 regular-season appearances with the Oakland A's and New York Mets.

Clippard did struggle during the Mets' run to the World Series in 2015. He posted a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings of work during the postseason.

Clippard has experience as a closer but has spent most of his career in a middle relief/setup role. He'll look to boost a D-backs bullpen that was one of the worst in the league in 2014 but made significant improvements last season.

In December, the D-backs made waves by signing star pitcher Zack Greinke and adding ace Shelby Miller in a trade with the Atlanta Braves.