Colorado Rockies trade rumors: Bullpen options in the AL East
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Brach’s teammate, Mychal Givens, has only spent 2 1/2 years in the major leagues but he has been very successful. Entering this season, he had a career ERA of 2.75 (156 ERA+) with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.3 walks.
This season, he has an ERA of 3.90 in 25 games with 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings and 4.5 walks. These numbers (particularly the ERA) is a bit elevated due to a few bad outings.
Unlike Brach, he has a bit more control as he is under team control through the 2021 season.
Richard Bleier is name that you probably haven’t heard of before. He is only in his second full season in the major leagues (and isn’t eligible for free agency until the 2023 season) but he has been excellent.
The left-hander has a career ERA of 2.02 (214 ERA+) and a 2.12 ERA this year. He is a rare breed of pitcher’s today as he only averages 4 strikeouts per nine innings (and only 3.9 this season).
Tyler Clippard is a veteran reliever that is only signed through this season with the Toronto Blue Jays. In the right-hander’s 12 year career, the 2-time All Star had a rough season last year but he has a good rebound year.
Clippard has an ERA of 3.34 in 31 games averaging 4.6 walks and 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings. His ERA would be even better if not for one bad outing on May 23. Without that one outing, his ERA would be 2.12.
NOTE: Zach Britton of the Orioles is not listed due to being injured all of the 2018 season thus far.
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Check back here tomorrow when we will have the second installment of our series when we will look at some bullpen targets from the AL Central.