Albaladejo optioned for Mitre


To make room on the active roster for Sergio Mitre, the Yankees have optioned Jonathan Albaladejo back to AAA Scranton. In two appearances for the Bombers this week, the right-hander had given up a run on two hits and a walk in 2.2 innings. He struck out three and appeared to be throwing better than he had in his other Major League stints. Right now, the Yanks’ 25-man roster now features Chad Gaudin, Dustin Moseley, Sergio Mitre and Chan Ho Park. Even if the team feels they need a long man today to caddy for Mitre, who will throw between 75 and 90 pitches today, that’s a lot of dead weight in the bullpen. I have to believe another move could come as early as tomorrow.

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  1. Accent Shallow says:

    Why is Park still on the roster? Ridiculous.

    • Why are any two of those four pitchers still on the team?

      • steve (different one) says:

        CHoP has an xFIP of 4.09. not great, but servicable. why do we get to pick and choose where we use the “lucky/unlucky” argument?

        Albaladejo will be back up, or he’ll be dealt for something useful.

        No need to overreact.

        • Angelo says:

          He wasn’t overreacting

        • Ross in Jersey says:

          Because he’s given up nine home runs this year already after giving up none the entire year last year?

          Also, Chan Ho’s OPS+ against by leverage situation:

          Low : 87
          Medium: 299 (!!)
          High: 146

          He’s not unlucky, he’s just plain not good anymore.

          • steve (different one) says:

            soo…he’s better in high leverage situations than medium? what does that mean? you’re splitting up 31 innings and pretending the splits mean something.

            i’m not saying he’s great. just saying he may be a little better than his raw numbers say he is and as long as he’s not being used in big spots (which he isn’t), he could be somewhat useful until they make more moves. which they will.

            and he’s given up 7 HRs. which is a lot, obviously, but not 9.

            CHoP to me looks decent when he is throwing 92-93. when he comes out throwing 89-90, which he was early in the season, he stinks. if the Yankees feel like his velocity is coming back, then maybe they let him pitch himself out of it.

            again, as long as they are letting him do that in lower leverage spots, there isn’t that much harm.

            • Angelo says:

              146 or 299 OPS+ are both terrible.

              That’s like saying a player struckout in a low leverage situation, but he grounds out in a high leverage one.

              Niether is a good result. One might be slightly better than the other, but they’re both bad.

              I’m not saying to get rid of CHoP by the way (at least not yet.) I think some other guys have to go though.

              • steve (different one) says:

                yes, i know this.

                but…..the high leverage number: 21 ABs
                the medium leverage number: 14 ABs!!

                you are taking a microscopic sample and saying it means something.

                BTW, 92 ABs in low leverage situations. so at the least, Girardi is using him properly.

                and i would imaging that most of those high leverage ABs came in 1) the first few days of the season when roles were still undefine and 2) that game in Toronto when he pitched 2 innings in extras

                • Angelo says:

                  Ah, okay. I didn’t know this. I guess the fact that he’s a reliever doesn’t help.

                  You want your relievers to succeed in those situations, but I see what you’re saying. SSS, I know.

            • Ross in Jersey says:

              It’s OPS against. The higher the number, the worse he is. He’s been fine when the game doesn’t matter. When it does… look out.

      • Rob says:

        Because while Cashman is a good GM, he’s not a great one. He does get the big pieces mostly right. It’s the the last 15% that has always been his bugaboo.

        • Angelo says:

          Explain this to me.

          Maybe I’m missing something, but the Yankees won the World Series last year.

          Oh yeah, and the bullpen was fine. So was the bench. Weird.

          • dalelama says:

            Let’s see he let Matsui go and replaced him with Nick Johnson..He let Damon go and replaced him with Granderson…he signed AJ to a horrible contract…I am not saying Cash stinks but he isn’t fantastic…I think a lot of GMs could do what Cashman has done if they had the dinero.

        • Zack says:

          No GM consistantly conquers the bullpen; you stock pile as many guys who throw the ball hard as possible and see who steps up.

          • Zack says:

            Same with the bench, bench players are bench players for a reason, because they usually have 1 skill, and that keeps them in the majors.

  2. viasistina says:

    Albaladejo is the last guy I’d send down in that distinguished group of four pitchers you named. Go figure.

  3. Ugh. Why’d they keep Moseley? I know, caddy for Mitre, but still.

    Hopefully the “new-look Albie” gets another chance; he’s looked good so far.

  4. Ross in Jersey says:

    Beyond stupid. The Chad Ho Moseley hydra has outlived it’s usefulness. Time to chop off one of the heads. Albie had done fine, they should have let him stick around and try to work him into a few higher leverage situations. Ugh.

  5. YankeeJosh says:

    And Boone Logan. That’s 4 pretty ineffective bullpen guys. Keeping Logan makes sense as he’s the only lefty for now. Albaladejo was optioned for roster flexibility only. In this case, losing one of Park, Gaudin or Moseley would have been wiser than optioning an effective Alby.

  6. zs190 says:

    The reason for this move is really simple. Albie has options, Chad Ho Moseley doesn’t, and they are taking the easy and lazy route here. Not the right move but probably the move that 90% of the league would take here.

    Let’s all hope for Daren Haren and Chad Qualls tomorrow. I’m bracing for the inevitable “What! we just traded Ivan Nova and Joba for 2 guys with ERA of 4.6 and 7.86? Fire Cash!”

  7. Doug says:

    “I have to believe another move could come as early as tomorrow.”

    like bringing alby back. other than getting tired at the end of his first outing, he’s looked great. better than anyone else in the pen right now.

  8. Cecala says:

    I thought I was going to wake up happy seeing that Moseley was DFA’d. Albie was pitching well, I don’t understand how Cashman saw Chad Ho Moseley as a better option.

    • Doug says:

      as zs190 said earlier, alby has options, CHM don’t

      • Kyle Litke says:

        Yes, but so what? Even if the Yankees don’t get another reliever, what’s the worst that could happen by DFA one of those three? Someone comes down with an injury and instead of recalling Alby, you already have him up and you replace them with Melancon or Sanchez or something? Even if they stink, they can do better than those three have been doing, and the upside is much higher.

  9. M-Three says:

    What the hell is wrong with Brian Cashman? For some reason he seems dead set keeping Chan Ho park around for the entire season. It is unfair that Park get to stay yet Albaladejo get sent down when Alby is a better pitcher than Park. Park has done nothing but waste a roster spot all year and is an embarassment to the franchise everytime he pitches. Why are the Yankees just gonna give him a free ride on our journey to another World Series? If we win the World Series again and Park is still here then he should not get a ring because he doesn’t deserve to be part of a championship team.

  10. Nick says:

    Keep one. Someone get rid of Chad Ho Moseley. Albadejo is better than Mosley and Gaudin combined

  11. steve (different one) says:

    oh my God, the Yankees made a completely minor move in the bullpen which will probably have changes sometime in the next 3-4 days! everyone overreact!!!

    • Kyle Litke says:

      oh my God, the Yankees did something that people are confused about, overreact and act like everyone complaining is calling it the end of the season!!!

  12. phughesisgod says:

    LOL. So, we choose to option down a pitcher who has been good since being called up over Park, who’s been nothing short of horrendous this year? Great move, guys! I’d rather have Gaudin and Mosley over Park, to be honest. I just cannot stand the sight of Park anymore. Whats even worse though about this move is that Albaladejo cannot be called back up now for 10 days, unless someone gets hurt. A bullpen that has been in need of a complete overhaul since about May was on the verge of getting one until today when the one pitcher who deserves to stick over everyone in the current bullpen besides 2 people gets sent back down. This is just getting rediculous, the faith this front office has in Chad Ho Mosley is just getting out of control.

    • Angelo says:

      To be somewhat fair, Moseley has only pitched in 6 games (he’s been terrible, but I wouldn’t call 6 games “having faith.”)

      They can’t option him down to Scranton either, so they would lose an option if they got rid of him instead of Albie. And the Yankees clearly need options to find out who can be valuable down the stretch.

      Also, Park has only allowed 2 runs in his past 8.1 innings pitched. In that span he’s also struckout 7 batters, while only walking 1 batter. So overall he’s been pitching better of late. I wouldn’t let him go just yet.

      I wish Albie got more of a chance though.

  13. Kyle Litke says:

    This is stupid. The Yankees may as well trade Albaladejo…it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is absolutely nothing he can do, no matter what, to get a chance with the Yankees. There is NO good reason to be carrying two long men (even with Mitre in the rotation, you still only need one) plus Park. I’m actually fine with Park still being here (rather have Albaladejo than him but he’s not the guy I’d cut), but why Moseley AND Gaudin? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    • steve (different one) says:

      well, maybe they WILL trade him. and get something better?

      why not WAIT until the deadline actually passes before making this statement?

      also, for TODAY, they DO need 2 longmen because one of them is unavailable b/c of the rain yesterday.

      it’s not rocket science: the yankees are going to keep Gaudin when the dust settles. Moseley will be gone. but today, they need Moseley.

  14. forensicnucchem says:

    Yup, Girardi is pretty predictable…


    • steve (different one) says:

      what does this mean? would you rather that D-Rob, Joba, and Mo pitched instead of Moseley today? i wouldn’t.

      • forensicnucchem says:

        I didn’t say that. Ben thought they’d DFA Moseley and knowing the way Girardi operates I figured they’d just send down Albaladejo instead because he likes the long man available. That’s all.

  15. Bernard says:

    I think it’s time for all the Moseley haters to give him some credit, he threw 4.2 innings of shutout ball on 53 (1 hit, 1 walk, 1 K). Great effort and he gave them a chance to win today.

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