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A's will pick up $1 million of Tyler Clippard's contract

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The Mets are getting a bit of relief on the veteran relief pitcher's salary.

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The Oakland Athletics will be sending $1 million along with Tyler Clippard in their trade for Mets prospect Casey Meisner, according to ESPN. Clippard is owed just over $3 million the rest of this season, as his salary this year is $8.3 million. He signed a one-year deal with the A's in the offseason, avoiding arbitration in the process.

Clippard's contract also includes an incentive that promises him a $100,000 bonus if Clippard were to win his league's Reliever of the Year Award. That seems unlikely, as he hasn't been quite as good as many other relief pitchers in baseball this year.

Following this acquisition and the trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson completed a few days ago with the Braves, the Mets will now owe their three newest players approximately $5 million in total. That is a relatively low cost for three upgrades that the team needed to stay competitive down the stretch and possibly into the playoffs.