TYLER CLIPPARD

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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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Needing to bolster the back end of a bullpen that no longer features Tyler Clippard or Rafael Soriano, the Nationals on Wednesday signed veteran right-hander and former Blue Jays closer Casey Jans

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Age on Opening Day 2015: 32

How acquired: Traded from Oakland for RHP Tyler Clippard, Jan. 2015

2015 salary: $5 million

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In trading All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard on Wednesday, the Nationals not only lost their setup man, they also lost their best backup plan for Drew Storen at closer.

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In trading Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for Yunel Escobar on Wednesday, the Nationals found both their starting second baseman for 2015 and an insurance policy at shortstop in case Ian

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