Looking to add another left-handed option to their bullpen, the San Diego Padres agreed to terms on a deal with Tony Sipp on Friday night.
Andrew Rickli of SportsReelBoston reported the deal:
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Sipp struggled in 2013, with two trends that were particularly troublesome. He walked hitters at an alarming rate of 5.3 BB/9 and he wasn’t very good against left-handed hitters. With a workload fairly evenly split among left and right-handed hitters, Sipp allowed a .263 average against lefties while limiting righties to a .203 average.
Sipp’s best season came in 2011 with the Cleveland Indians. That year he posted a 3.03 ERA over 62.1 innings of work. Not surprisingly, that was also his career-best year in terms of walk rate (3.47 BB/9). Otherwise he has struggled and might have now reached the stage of his career where he’s kicking around the league.
Sipp arrived in Arizona last year as part of the three-team deal that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds; they eventually designated him for assigment. This deal with the Padres just goes to show: if you are left-handed and you can throw a baseball 90 MPH, you will get plenty of chances in the big leagues.