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Detroit's Clay Rapada Era is Over

For anyone wondering why the Detroit Tigers don't use Clay Rapada in their bullpen, the question is now irrelevant. The lefty reliever was dealt to the Texas Rangers this afternoon for either a player to be named later or cash (straight cash, homey). If you wanted to see a trade at these Winter Meetings, you now have one.

(Thanks to allikazoo for posting the link a FanShot.)

Rapada came over to the Tigers' organization from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for outfielder Craig Monroe back in 2007 (in what may have been Mike McClary's favorite moment from that season). In 32 appearances over three seasons with Detroit, Rapada compiled a 3-0 record and 4.94 ERA. He struck out 21 batters in his 27.1 innings (and was even more impressive in the minors), but also issued 18 walks, which is presumably why Jim Leyland never quite warmed up to him.

Perhaps the final word on Rapada's Tigers career came in September, when he wasn't among the team's minor league call-ups once rosters could expand. He was added to the active major league roster, however, when Bobby Seay had to rest a strained pectoral muscle late in the season.

For the Rangers' point of view on the trade, check out Lone Star Ball. Otherwise, you can post your favorite Clay Rapada memories in the comments.