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Tyler Clippard, New York Mets
Tyler Clippard, New York Mets. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

No. 14: Mets acquire Tyler Clippard from A's, 2015

In their mission to win the 2015 World Series, the Mets were out for blood at the trade deadline. One of the overlooked deals that took place landed them relief pitcher Tyler Clippard on July 27th. All it cost them was a lifetime minor leaguer.

Clippard already had a successful track record with the Washington Nationals. At the time of the trade, he was with the Oakland Athletics and working as their closer. He finished up the year pitching high-leverage innings for the Mets, delivering a 3.06 ERA in 32.1 innings of work.

Because he was a free agent after 2015, Mets fans didn’t get to see Clippard stay for long. They let him walk at season’s end, where he has since become a trade deadline chip on several occasions.

Unfortunately, like another reliever the Mets acquired at the trade deadline who will appear on this list later, the playoffs didn’t go well for Clippard. He got knocked around in every series he pitched and took the loss in Game 4.

As far as trades go, this one was still a success. For the price, the number of innings in the regular season he gave them and the four wins he earned for them out of the bullpen, it’s hard to want to take this one back.

We’ve seen in more recent years how essential it is to have an arm in the bullpen you can count on. At least for a little while, Clippard became a man the Mets weren’t afraid to call upon for big outs late in games.