Jonathan Albaladejo has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to the Associated Press.
Albaladejo was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he informed the team about his plans to play in Japan.
The 28-year-old right-hander originally came over from the Nationals in the Tyler Clippard trade in December of 2007. He posted a 4.70 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Yankees, including a 3.97 ERA and 8/8 K/BB ratio over 11 1/3 innings at the big league level this past season. Albaladejo spent most of the year as the closer with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a 1.42 ERA, 43 saves and an 82/18 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings.
He probably deserved better with the Bombers, especially during his transformation this past season, but some success in Japan should afford him another opportunity in the big leagues.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets will place outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Cespedes left Thursday’s game after suffering the injury running the bases.
Things keep going poorly for the Mets, who are in last place in the NL East with an 8-13 record. Cespedes will join a lengthy list of names in the infirmary, including David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Noah Syndergaard.
Cespedes is batting a very productive .270/.373/.619 with six home runs and 10 RBI through his first 75 plate appearances.
With Cespedes out, Michael Conforto should be cemented as an everyday player and Juan Lagares will handle center field with Granderson moving back to right field and Jay Bruce covering first base.