The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Wednesday.
Clippard is one of the few free agents to participate in the MLBPA's free agent camp in Bradenton, Fla., to sign with a major league club. The 33-year-old is the latest in a series of veteran additions to the Jays' bullpen this off-season, including John Axford, Al Alburquerque, Craig Breslow and Rhiner Cruz.
Clippard began last season as a setup man for the New York Yankees in front of Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances. He struggled in 36 innings with an ERA near 5.00 and was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in a trade involving Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle just prior to the trade deadline.
After a brief stint with the White Sox, he was traded to the Houston Astros in August for future considerations. But Clippard struggled down the stretch of the season and was left off the postseason roster as the Astros went on to win their first World Series in franchise history.
He posted a combined record of 2-8 with a 4.77 ERA in 76 games last season, although he did have a strikeout rate of 10.7 per nine innings. He has a career record of 34-24 and a 3.11 ERA over 11 major league seasons.
Toronto will mark the eighth team he has played for during his career, which started in 2007 with the Yankees. His best years came as a member of the Washington Nationals from 2008 to 2014 where he was named to the National League All-Star Team twice.
The Blue Jays will open the regular season at home on March 29 against the New York Yankees.