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Diamondbacks haven’t ruled out pursuing Tyler Clippard

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After trading for infielder Jean Segura from the Brewers over the weekend, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said that he was open to acquiring another closer or high-leverage reliever. There’s a high asking price in the trade market, so Stewart acknowledged to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Thursday that he’ll likely have to look to the dwindling group of free agent relievers.

The most accomplished reliever remaining on the market is Tyler Clippard, who posted a 2.92 ERA and 64/31 K/BB ratio over 71 innings last season between the Athletics and Mets. He served as the closer during his time in Oakland and saved 17 games. While there haven’t been any talks between the two sides, Stewart says they’ll likely be in touch.

“We have not talked to his people, (but) that is a good name,” Stewart said when asked about Clippard. “I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will (reach out), at least just to see.”

Clippard was shaky down the stretch last season and continued to see his velocity decline. He has always induced his fair share of infield fly balls, but an overall increase in fly ball rate isn’t ideal when talking about a potential match with Arizona.

We can likely rule out a reunion with the Mets, as general manager Sandy Alderson said on Wednesday that the club is done giving out major league deals.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.