The Yankees have traded Tyler Clippard to the Nationals for Jonathan Albaladejo.
Here’s some scoop on Albaladejo from Baseball America:
Jonathan Albaladejo, rhp, Nationals
Once called a “fat tub of goo” by a scout in the Carolina League, the 24-year-old bounced around the Pirates system for six seasons before being released this spring. But he was reborn with the Nats this summer, getting called up to the big leagues and establishing himself as a reliable bullpen arm.
Q: James from Miami, Florida asks:
Chris, you’ve covered the Pirates’ system for some time now. How dumb do they look by having let go Jonathan Albaladejo, and then seeing him reach the Majors and do extremely well?
A: Chris Kline: I’ll refrain from using the word ‘dumb,’ but you could run down a list of guys they’ve undervalued from their own system over the years. And really, if there is one guy I wouldn’t necessarily blame them for it’s Albaladejo. This is a guy who got numerous opportunities to prove himself and either showed up out of shape and didn’t perform, or he lacked intensity on the mound. The latter lasted all the way to the Caribbean Series last year when he got absolutely raked by the Dominican Republic. He never showed the ability to bear down. So yes, they should have tried to get something back, but word on the street at the time was no one wanted him. It’s a credit to Albaladejo to take advantage of a new situation and really show what he’s capable of.
Jonathan Albaladejo? Well, based on the reports from Baseball America, he seems like a mix of Hideki Irabu, Chris Britton, and Brian Bruney. At this stage, put me in the “not impressed” camp (on this trade).