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MLB trade rumors: Tyler Clippard deal 'expected soon', reports Ken Rosenthal

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The New York Mets are said to be making progress on a deal to acquire the Oakland Athletics reliever.

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Ken Rosenthal tweets that a deal for Oakland Athletics reliever Tyler Clippard is "expected soon."

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Sunday evening that a deal for Tyler Clippard could come "as soon as Monday, with the Nationals, Mets and Yankees all possibilities, according to sources." The Yankees appear to have dropped out of the running, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News adds a tidbit to the Ben Zobrist rumors pile in light of this Clippard rumor:

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Ben Zobrist is not a part of these talks:

Matthew Pouliot of NBC's HardballTalk speculates that the A's might prefer to trade with the Mets given New York's admitted money woes. Clippard has a little under $3 million left on his $8.3 million final arbitration contract:

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a minor league pitcher is the main bait for any deal:

USA TODAY's Howard Megdal thinks the Mets would be an ideal fit for Clippard given the circumstances surrounding the Mets bullpen:

This is a developing story.