Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters on Thursday, during which the Nationals general manager discussed Wednesday night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel Escobar, plus the various domino effects of this deal.
Here are some of the highlights from Rizzo:
On why this trade made sense:
Rizzo: “We saw this as a great value trade for us, getting ourselves an everyday player for two, possibly three, seasons at very reasonable market values. And we had to give up a very good relief pitcher on a one-year deal. So that’s how you have to balance every trade that you do. We balance it by asking the questions: Do we increase our chances of winning in 2015? I think that would be a yes, because we upgrade ourselves at the position of second base. And what does it do for us for the future? Well, it gives us infield depth and an infield option at shortstop for the next year or possibly two at below-market, major-league value.”
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On breaking the news to Clippard last night:
“The longer you’re with guys, the harder it is to see them move on. This is certainly a tough conversation to have with Clip. He handled it in his typical form. He’s always up-front and honest. And I’m always up-front and honest with him. We had a good discussion, and I told him how I feel about him personally and professionally, and what a wonderful role model he is for younger players coming up. And thanked him for all the great performances he had and the service time. He really fits the mantra of what we’re trying to do, being a great player on the field, off the field, in the clubhouse and in the community. He fits all those parameters. … He thanked me for my support and always having his back and thanked us for the opportunity.”
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