A’s avoid arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard

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As first reported by MLB.com’s Jane Lee, the A’s have avoided arbitration with reliever Tyler Clippard by agreeing to a one-year, $8.3 million deal. This was the final unresolved arbitration case for Oakland.

Clippard posted a stellar 2.18 ERA, 0.995 WHIP, and 82/23 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings last season for the Nationals. He was traded to the A’s in mid-January for infielder Yunel Escobar and could see some time at closer for Oakland in April while Sean Doolittle recovers from a slight tear in his left rotator cuff.

Clippard asked for a salary of $8.85 million and was offered $7.775 million from the A’s when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The 29-year-old can become a free agent after the 2015 season.

Brett Cecil placed on 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome

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On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.

Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.

The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.

Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).