Multiple teams looking to acquire Scott Downs

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Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the competition to acquire Blue Jays reliever Scott Downs has become “fierce” between the Red Sox and Yankees. 

The Mets, Reds and Twins have also expressed interest and the Rockies have been linked loosely.

Downs, a southpaw, has posted an excellent 2.45 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 40.1 innings for the Jays this season.  He’s held left-handed hitters to a .189 batting average and righties haven’t fared much better. 

There isn’t a team in baseball that would pass on an opportunity to add a quality bullpen arm and the competition between the clubs involved will only help the Jays in the end.  They’re on the search for young, affordable talent and have also made closer Kevin Gregg and setup man Jason Frasor available to interested teams.

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.