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White Sox deal Tyler Clippard to Houston

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White Sox deal Tyler Clippard to Houston

After just 27 days in a White Sox uniform, Tyler Clippard is off to Houston.  

The 32-year-old reliever, who notched two saves in 11 appearances on the South Side, was moved late Sunday for cash considerations and a player to be named later, the team announced. It's unclear whether Clippard even finished moving in.  

Before having a cup of coffee with the Sox, Clippard was a member of the Yankees bullpen. He had a dismal 4.95 ERA in the Bronx, but after Rick Hahn dealt Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to New York in exchange for Clippard and prospects, the reliever improved. 

Under Don Cooper's tutelage, he posted a 1.80 ERA with two of his outings at Guaranteed Rate Field came against his current team, the Astros. In those appearances he picked up a save and worked another clean inning, helping lift the Sox to a three-game sweep. Maybe he left an impression. 

Although Clippard hasn't tweeted since the MLB season commenced, he assisted Ken Rosenthal's breaking report by changing his Twitter account to read, "Play for the Houston Astros." He also reworked his Instagram page:

That's certainly attention to detail. 

By now, it seems as if Clippard could have moving companies on speed dial. Houston is the latest stop in the reliever's ballpark tour: 

The Tyler Clippard Era is officially over. 

Report: Astros trying to acquire Tyler Clippard from White Sox

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Report: Astros trying to acquire Tyler Clippard from White Sox

Tyler Clippard must have really left an impression on the Astros. 

During the White Sox three-game sweep of the Astros last week, the new closer on the South Side notched a save and added another clean inning. Now, according to Ken Rosenthal's report, Houston may be looking to deal for the 32-year-old reliever. 

Although nothing is official yet, Clippard changed both his Twitter and Instagram accounts to note that he pitches for the Astros. 

That's one way to break some news. He also seems to really enjoy golf, FYI. 

Clippard's made just 11 appearances for the Sox, posting a 1.80 ERA with two saves and a 2.4 strikeout to walk ratio. Given the state of the current rebuild, though, Rick Hahn and company have shown little hesitancy to make a move. Case and point is when they acquired Clippard and prospects from the Yankees in exchange for fan-favorite third baseman Todd Frazier, flamethrower Tommy Kahnle and solid closer David Robertson. 

Hahn's phone stays blowing up. Clippard's bags stay packed. 

 

Why the White Sox are excited about Reynaldo Lopez: 'His time has come'

Why the White Sox are excited about Reynaldo Lopez: 'His time has come'

The White Sox like what they have in Reynaldo Lopez and are ready to see how his talent translates to the majors.

Lopez arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday afternoon, a day ahead of his White Sox debut. Lopez will pitch for the White Sox in the opener of a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals. The No. 59 prospect in baseball spent Thursday assimilating himself to the clubhouse, playing catch and soaking up an atmosphere that has been energized by his promotion. Similar to last month’s call up of Yoan Moncada, Lopez’s first game has excited both the team’s fans and its members.

“Everybody has kind of been anticipating his arrival as we wait for a lot of the other guys who are going to be developing over the course of the next couple of years to get here,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Certainly, we’re all looking forward to getting him out there on the hill and see how he’s doing.”

The White Sox got a pretty good look at Lopez this spring after he came over in a December trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Lopez made five starts and posted a 3.72 ERA over 19 1/3 innings, striking out 14 and walking five. The right-hander made a strong impression on Don Cooper with his three-pitch mix.

“You could tell right away he had good stuff, he had three pitches, the fastball curveball and changeup,” Cooper said. “I enjoyed the conversations we had. I remember going to the film room with him looking at stuff. And now his time has come. And I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

While the two talked shop -- they moved Lopez on the rubber to improve his command -- Cooper said most of his intent this spring was to build a foundation with Lopez, who pitched 44 innings for Washington in 2016, Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and others. The veteran pitching coach hopes those conversations and film sessions help he and Lopez pick up where they let off in March.

“It was more establishing a relationship because I knew he was going to be here,” Cooper said. “I wanted to feel comfortable with him and I want him to feel comfortable with me.

“I didn't want anything to slip through the cracks with my thoughts. I wanted him to know exactly where I was coming from and what I thought of him. Anytime he has questions or wants to know something, I want it to be clear for him.”

One thing is evident -
W- Lopez is as ready as he’s going to be. Lopez, 23, was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the month after he posted a 2.10 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 30 innings in July. He said on Friday he’s believes he’s ready to be here and the White Sox think so, too.

“He's had to wait his time and now his time has come,” Cooper said.