LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs continued to get younger Sunday morning as they dealt veteran reliever Tyler Clippard to the Yankees in exchange for right-hander Vicente Campos.The D-backs save money in the deal -- Clippard is making $4.1 million this season and is due $4.25 million next year. He received
LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs continued to get younger Sunday morning as they dealt veteran reliever Tyler Clippard to the Yankees in exchange for right-hander Vicente Campos.
The D-backs save money in the deal -- Clippard is making $4.1 million this season and is due $4.25 million next year. He received a $4 million signing bonus last offseason when he signed a two-year, free-agent deal with Arizona.
However, according to GM Dave Stewart that was not the driving force behind the move.
"Quite frankly, this deal was not done for the finances," Stewart said. "We brought Tyler here because we thought we had an opportunity to compete and challenge for a division championship this year. With that not happening, that changed the complexion of what we're trying to do organizationally. These young pitchers are guys that we're going to count on and depend on to man the roles of setup and closer."
With the trades of closer Brad Ziegler and now Clippard, young pitchers like Jake Barrett, Enrique Burgos and Evan Marshall will get looks pitching in high-leverage situations.
It remains to be seen whether struggling veteran setup man Daniel Hudson will be dealt before Monday's 1 p.m. MST non-waiver Trade Deadline.
"It gives opportunity for a lot of young guys," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "Barrett and Hudson now will move into the role of pitching the eighth or ninth innings, either of them. Burgos is going to get a lot of chances. We brought Evan Marshall back today to get another look at him. So all these guys are going to get long looks the rest of the year."
Campos, who was a key piece of the trade that sent Michael Pineda from the Mariners to the Yankees prior to the 2012 season, was 9-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 20 starts at three different levels for the Yankees.
While the 24-year-old was in Triple-A at the time of the trade, the D-backs are going to start him at Double-A Mobile. Campos missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
"Before that, he was a big prospect and on the move," Stewart said. "He's always pitched at a higher level than his age. To this point, he's thrown the ball very well. There's been some speculation that he's got a little bit of inconsistency with the slot of his arm. The numbers don't indicate that. We did hear that. If there's anything, that would probably be it. Everything, as far as we're concerned, has been positive in regards to Campos."
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.