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A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed Friday that Clippard will start the season as the team's closer, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

Clippard was the obvious favorite, with Sean Doolittle (shoulder) out until late April or early May. Once Doolittle is ready, Clippard will likely get most of his work in the seventh or eighth inning.

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Clippard agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.Clippard will likely begin the season as the Athletics closer as Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. It's unclear exactly how long Doolittle will be on the shelf, but Clippard may not have solid footing in the role with both Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Cook available as well. However, it appears that Clippard remains the frontrunner at this point to hold the position, and if Doolittle suffers a setback or can't return to form, he could have more save opportunities than initially expected.

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With Sean Doolittle (shoulder) not expected to be ready to start the season, Clippard appears in line to open 2015 as the A's closer.

The A's acquisition of Clippard last week is looking all the more important in light of Friday's news regarding Doolittle. While a firm timetable for Doolittle's return has not been set, he has been diagnosed with a slight rotator cuff tear and the expectation is that his recovery will push into the regular season. It appears Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012, is the frontrunner for save opportunities, ahead of the likes of Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Cook.

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Clippard has been traded to the Athletics pending a physical, Jon Heyman reports.

Clippard has been one of the most consistently good relievers in baseball in his career, and a fan favorite in D.C. He will move on to an Oakland bullpen where he could slot in as the set-up man over Ryan Cook. If something happens to Sean Doolittle, Clippard also has closing experience from 2012.

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Clippard is currently penciled in as the Nats' eighth-inning option, although the team is receiving interest in him on the trade market, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

Drew Storen is positioned to close for the Nationals, while Clippard's cost in arbitration makes him a piece that the team might be willing to off-load to a club seeking a late-inning arm. If he ends up in the right situation, Clippard may receive an opportunity to close in 2015.

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Clippard was tendered a contract prior to Tuesday's deadline.

Coming off a season in which he posted a 2.18 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 10.49 K/9 ratio over 70.1 innings, he'll likely headed for a big award in arbitration if he doesn't come to terms with the Nationals. Clippard's been an indispensable part of their bullpen since 2009 though, and probably won't be going anywhere.

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Clippard took the loss in Thursday's game, allowing two runs on two hits over just two-thirds of an inning.

Clippard allowed two two-out hits in the eighth inning including the winning run. The runs were his first allowed in seven appearances, and he now owns a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP on the season.

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Clippard allowed an eighth inning Travis d'Arnaud triple, but left him stranded to pick up his 29th hold of the season on Tuesday.

He didn't get a chance at the closer job after Rafael Soriano spit the bit, but has still has another exceptional season as the Nationals' primary set-up man with seven wins, a 1.97 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 81:22 K:BB ratio in 68.2 innings. In a job that typically sees a lot of attrition, there's an argument to be made that Clippard has been the most valuable reliever in baseball since he moved to the bullpen in 2009.

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Clippard was unavailable in Tuesday's game after working the past two days, MASN's Dan Kolko reports.

Drew Storen picked up the save Tuesday, but this may not tell us anything about the pecking order in the Nationals' bullpen, as Clippard was unavailable. Still, there's reason to believe that manager Matt Williams may prefer Storen in that role after Rafael Soriano was ousted earlier in the month. Clippard is a valuable weapon to come on in the middle of an inning, or to get more than three outs, whereas Storen fits more into a traditional closer mold of a three-out shutdown reliever.

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Clippard was named by manager Matt Williams as a candidate to see save chances with Rafael Soriano removed from the closer role, Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.

While Williams has opted against naming a new closer, Clippard seems like the clear favorite to see opportunities in place of the struggling Soriano, though Drew Storen and lefty Matt Thornton could also see chances depending on the matchups. Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nats in 2012, has posted a 2.04 ERA this season and has held opposing hitters to a .147 average since the All-Star break.