Yankees release Jon Albaladejo

Yanks offer to Jeter: 3 years, $45 million
The RAB Radio Show: November 19, 2010

Updated (4:51 p.m.): The Yankees released righty reliever Jon Albaladejo today so he could pursue a contract in Japan. He probably requested the release after an NPB team expressed interest, and the Yanks obliged. The 28-year-old has thrown 59.1 unspectacular innings for the Yanks since being acquired from the Nationals for Tyler Clippard after the 2007 season, though he was a monster in Triple-A. Albie was out of options, so he would have had to clear waivers to go back to the minors next year. He’ll be getting a deal from the Yomiuri Giants, so good for him.

The move frees up another 40-man roster spot. By my unofficial count, there are just 30 players on the team’s 40-man at the moment, but they have a full offseason ahead of them.

Yanks offer to Jeter: 3 years, $45 million
The RAB Radio Show: November 19, 2010
  • teddy

    yes, i was hoping he wouldn’t take a 40 man spot

  • Accent Shallow

    Should have gotten a shot over Chan Ho Freakin’ Park.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Definitely, a reason to bolt to the NPB. Chill on the bench watching the guy you should replace as a Yankee? Or, chill with Yu Darvish in Japan? I take the latter.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    I didn’t really like how Joe used him this year. He had 10 appearances, half of which were more than 1 inning long. He clearly wasn’t accustomed to that after being a strictly one-inning closer in AAA.

    Then again he never did manage to distinguish himself. Here’s hoping he finds success overseas.

    • Clay Bellinger

      Agreed, they way they used him sure didn’t make it easy for him to adjust between AAA and the bigs.

  • Joe

    Smallest glove ever

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder


      • Thomas

        Are we still talking about baseball gloves?

  • ultimate913

    From the black eye to the small glove to the countless amount of times I couldn’t spell your last name, I’ll miss ya, Albaladalabarama.

  • Clay Bellinger

    Mike lied to us in the chat. He said he’d be with the Yanks for at least April.

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      It was only like minutes after the Albaladejo question in the chat that it was announced he had been released, made me laugh.

      • Clay Bellinger


  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Alberladingo, you never had a chance. Not your fault…don’t let it affect you–prove it by demonstrating your alberlawesomeness somewhere else.

    Good luck!

    • Chris

      He started both 2008 and 2009 with the big league club. That’s a pretty good chance.

  • pat

    Girardi still hasn’t figured out he isn’t a long man.

  • http://www.joelefkowitz.com joe lefko

    Is there anything the yanks can do under the rules to be sure he goes to NPB and not another ML club?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I bet there is. They could probably file a grievance if they feel he deceived them or something.

      • radnom

        Well what if the Red Sox see this announcement and offer him 2 years/$10?

        Obviously a ridiculous hypothetical but he would obviously have to take that and they can’t claim he deceived them.

        • Plank

          I’m guessing the Yanks wouldn’t object to that.

          • radnom

            Agreed. They would probably only be pissed if he signed a minor league deal for similar money to what he was making here.

            • Plank

              If a division rival signed him to 2/10, Cashman would personally drive him to sign the contract.

  • GermanYankee

    wow, didn’t see that coming. I guess Albie could be a rock solid closer for most if not all Japanese Teams. I think he’ll have 2-3 great years in Japan and then come back to the MLB.

  • mbonzo

    This makes me wonder if the competition is harder in Japan or AAA

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I bet he went to Japan just so he could play in a nation where people didn’t have problems pronouncing his name.

    • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook


      • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

        Those ‘??????’ were supposed to be Japanese symbols… guess they don’t work.

        • radnom
        • YankeesJunkie

          Yeah I tried translating some stuff and it did not work out. So many missed jokes here at RAB due to it as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug


  • ABS

    I was PISSED when they traded Clippard for him back in the day, and, obligatory NL v. Al comments aside, it clearly was a bad trade – Clippard has been a great setup guy for the Nats…

    • mbonzo

      You were pissed when the Yankees trade a guy with a 6.33 ERA for someone with a 1.88 ERA? You must be Captain Hindsight.

      • ABS

        So just because a guy has a lower ERA one year he’s better? Clippard much younger at the same level and had a better overall track record.

    • Cnight_UP

      define great…

      • ABS

        Last two years he has had ERAs of 2.69 and 3.07, with only 105 hits in 151.1 innings, 179 Ks, low HR rate and decent walk rate – very impressive for a setup guy. Compare that to Joba, or even Wood, and his numbers are better. I call that pretty damn good.

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      I agree that the the gamble did not pay off, but Clippard is very blah. His peripherals in terms of FIP and just even walks alone are scary, and his crazy luck in 2009 (.207 BABIP against is, wow) have made him out to be a big time reliever, which I don’t think he is based on 2 years’ time. The strike outs/K per 9 are impressive, and that’s valuable, but I think him with the Yankees would be ugly.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Like Sparky Lyle, Alby went from Cy Young to Sayonara…

    /triple A version

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    I feel like he never even got a chance to perform. He was promising in AAA and I was excited to see him play. Now we need another bullpen dude, probably Nova will transition to the pen.

    • radnom

      Eh, I trust teams when it comes to middle relief in the high minors. Every year, every team it seems like there is someone who totally should be getting a chance based on the numbers but isn’t. It usually turns out those guys are either not that good (or just not ready) Colter Bean/Melancon/Albaladejo are recent Yankee examples.

  • tampaRob

    Larry Rothschild our new pitching coach

    • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

      He’s still on the Chicago Cubs coaching staff, he was announced as returning as pitching coach when they hired Quade.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      You’re probably new here but:


      Also: Don’t post false breaking news.

      • tampaRob

        Looks like I was right on Rothschild. How about that tommy!?

        • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

          haha yes turns out you were right. But you were still off topic.

  • tampaRob

    *Rothchild *

    • Tim

      I believe you were right the first time. Where did this little pearl of information come from? Or is it speculation?

  • Yank the Frank

    Just as well, I could never pronounce his name anyway.

  • tampaRob

    not speculation..it’s fact

  • Sal

    Top 5 Highest Probability signings (free agents who you absolutely knew were coming to the Yankees:

    1. Jason Giambi
    2. Dave Winfield
    3. Catfish Hunter
    4. Reggie Jackson
    5. Ciff Lee

  • tampaRob

    Just because I don’t post much doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about. Why would I make that up Tom zig?

    • Rick in Boston

      Please use the reply button and please do not post off-topic.

  • Thomas

    The Tigers signed Al Alburquerque and the Yankees released Jonathan Albaladejo. Those are some long similar names for a MLBTR post.


  • Steve

    Could the Yanks get slick and not add Jeter, Mo and Andy (I am assuming he is coming back) back to the team until after the rule 5 so they can protect 3 more players?

    • Rick in Boston

      Yes, but then you’d have to pass those three minor leaguers through waivers to open up spots for Jeter, Mo, etc.

  • Steve in Seattle

    The Yanks must have given him an indication privately that he wasn’t in their plans. Or he simply needs the cash.

  • MikeD

    The Yankees seemed to be in love with Albaladejo when he first showed up and had mediocre stuff. Then he loses weight and changes his approach, putting up some dominant numbers in the minors, and they never give him a chance. Mystery.

    • Dave

      No other MLB team wanted him either. Nobody seeks to play in Japan unless you know you can’t get a job in MLB.

      Teams can see through those AAA numbers. Remember Colter Bean and many other AAAA relievers who put up huge numbers in AAA and Yankees fans annually lust over?