Yankees release Clay Rapada

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The Yankees have given Clay Rapada his unconditional release, the team announced. He was designated for assignment on Sunday to clear room on the 40-man roster for Lyle Overbay. The release tells us he cleared waivers.

Rapada, 32, is currently sidelined with shoulder bursitis and as far as I know there is no timetable for his return. The funky southpaw is a true lefty specialist — career .231 wOBA against lefties but .453 against righties — which is an area the Yankees have some depth. I’m guessing the team will at least try to re-sign him to a minor league contract, but who knows how that will go.

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  • Eddard

    I wouldn’t try to sign him to anything. The Orioles will likely pick him back up as they often dig through our trash. The bullpen is strong enough as it is. All you really need is Phelps, Logan, Joba, Drob and Mo.

    • Bob Buttons

      Because we all know how healthy Logan is, and how Phelps and Joba neutralize lefties.

  • Bob Buttons

    If he isn’t resigned, #CashmanFailed

  • Nick

    Will there be some sort of injury settlement? I wouldn’t think the mlbpa would stand for an injured player being released.

    • Bob Buttons

      This isn’t the NFL. All contract are guaranteed.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      I believe he’s still entitled to his full pay this year.

      • Ed

        One year contracts for players with less than 6 years of service time are almost always non-guaranteed. He was DFA’d before opening day, so he’s probably only entitled to 45 days termination pay.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          There appears to be an injury restriction to that in the CBA that would guarantee him the full year’s pay.

    • Ed

      There’s nothing stopping you from releasing an injured player. The one thing you can’t do is option an injured player – if they’re hurt while on the major league roster, they have to go to the major league DL. No service time manipulation allowed there.

  • trr

    He should be re-signed, if at all possible; You never know when you’ll need that depth

    • jjyank

      Sure. I’d like to see him back as a minor league depth option. If he gets healthy, he’s a nice piece to have against tough lefties.

  • Jersey Joe

    With Boone Logan’s potential problems, I don’t really see the reasoning for this move. Even with Cabral and Nuno in the bag, we still need depth with all the injuries right now. I’m not sure if we could do the same thing to Rapada as we did to Adams, but that would be great at this point.

    • KeithK

      The reasoning for this move is simple. The team needed a spot on the 40 man roster. They decided that an injured Rapada was the most expendable of all the DFA options. if the Yankees hadn’t had to fill the 40 man with a number of marginal players in order to replace the injury brigade this probably doesn’t happen. But c’est la vie.

  • JohnnyMax

    They have DFA’d him and then traded him to the Rangers for Profar. /CashmanFail

    • JohnnyMax

      should have*

  • Monterowasdinero

    Shoulder bursitis today = MRI in a few weeks =torn rotator or labrum = surgery and out for the year.

    The Yankee way.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosologist Carlosologist

    I think I’m the only one who likes this move. Guys like Rapada are a dime a dozen, and Cabral and Nuno are waiting in the wings. Would rather give them a shot.

    • jjyank

      I think you’re pretty much right. The Yankees picked him up off waivers, and they were at the very end of the waiver priority list. Someone like him will come around again, I’m sure.

      That said, I like Rapada for his role, and I’d like to see him re-signed on a minor league deal for depth. But no big loss if that doesn’t happen.

    • Ruby Rich

      That’s tough because Cabral is on the 60-day DL(I may be wrong), and I think they should keep Nuno stretched out and continue to develop him as a starter.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It’s definitely not as big of a loss as some are making it out to be.

  • Tony Moschetti

    But don’t worry the Yankees still have the ‘fireballing” Cody Eppley.

    Why does just about every team in baseball have guys coming out of the bullpen throwing 95-100 mph, while Cashman mansges to come up with soft tossers like Eppley, Rapada, Cory Wade.

    Most GMs want power arms in the bullpen, but not Cashman for some reason. The Sox bullpen, except for the mental case Aceves, made the Yankee hitters, oops batters, look like little leaguers. Yeah the same Sox who won 69 games last year. See what a manager can do for a team.