Oakland Athletics

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Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, who was traded from the Nationals to the Athletics this winter,

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2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in AL West

Manager: Bob Melvin, 5th season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $81.6 million

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It has become a running joke among members of the Nationals' media corps, that if they make a sequel to the 2011 Oscar-nominated film 'Moneyball,' they will have to cast somebody as Mike Rizzo.

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Mike Rizzo wrapped up a conference call with reporters a short while ago, during which time the Nationals general manager discussed last night’s trade of Tyler Clippard to the Athletics for Yunel

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The Nationals have addressed their one glaring lineup weakness, but it will cost them their most-reliable reliever, not to mention one of the most popular players in club history.

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