Video of the Day: Riggleman's press conference

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During yesterday’s press conference announcing him as the Nationals’ manager Jim Riggleman explained why the job is “the dream of a lifetime.” Also of note from the video is general manager Mike Rizzo explaining that he chose Riggleman in large part because they “got along very, very well” during the final three months of this season, which backs Bobby Valentine’s claim that Rizzo planned to hire Riggleman all along.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.