The Yankees have released reliever Jonathan Albaladejo so that he can sign a contract to play in Japan.
Last season, the Yankees made it pretty clear that they didn’t see a spot for Albaladejo in the big leagues. He was arguably the best reliever in all of Triple-A baseball, but that earned him only 11.1 big league innings.
It’s hard to blame the guy for looking elsewhere.
In December of 2007, Albaladejo came to the Yankees in a swap with the Nationals. The Yankees sent Tyler Clippard, who was crowded out of the Yankees rotation only to find a spot in the Washington bullpen.
Albaladejo made New York’s Opening Day roster two years in a row, always has something of a mop-up reliever with no truly defined role. He changed his approach this season and the results were impressive: 43 saves, 82 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.1 Triple-A innings.
He was understandably disappointed that he didn’t get more of a look, but he was always professional about it, saying he understood there were other guys who deserved a shot as well. Now he’ll get a chance to go make some money and, I would assume, possibly give the big leagues another shot in a year or two.