According to Nikkan Sports, the Yomiuri Giants are apparently interested in recently released 28-year-old Yankee pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo. And Marc Carig of The Star-Ledger adds that Albaladejo was released so that he could sign with the Giants. A snip:
The Yankees released the 28-year-old relief pitcher on Friday so he could sign a contract to pitch for the Yankees of Japan -- the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants just cut ties with closer Marc Kroon and Albaladejo appears to be in line as his successor.
Albaladejo got his start with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and was used primarily as a starter until he was moved into the bullpen in 2005. In 2007, Albaladejo signed with the Washington Nationals and was later traded to the Yankees in 2007 for Tyler Clippard. Albaladejo saved 43 games at triple-A last year and as Carig mentions, could be someone that could replace Kroon as closer.
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