Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Yankees trade RHP Tyler Clippard to Nationals for reliever Jonathan Albaladejo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Washington Nationals completed their
trade for right-hander Tyler Clippard, getting him from the New
York Yankees for Jonathan Albaladejo on Wednesday after both
players cleared physicals.
The deal was agreed to late Monday, but the Nationals wanted to
give Clippard an enhanced MRI exam of his elbow and shoulder to
make sure there was not structural problem behind his demotion to
the minor leagues last year. Albaladejo also passed a physical,
Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said.
"We both did our homework just to make sure there wasn't an
issue," he said. "Our reports were clear that we thought it was a
mechanical problem, but to be safe we flew him (Clippard) into
Washington, D.C. ... He's 100 percent clean."
Also Wednesday, Washington released lefties Billy Traber and
Bowden said Jones, who was 11-8 with a 3.72 ERA in Class A and
Double-A last year, blew out his knee playing basketball and would
have missed the 2008 season anyway.
"He really came a long way. We're very proud of what he
accomplished," Bowden said. "Given the circumstances, we wanted
to fill our roster with a healthy player."
The 22-year-old Clippard beat the New York Mets 6-2 at Shea
Stadium in his major league debut on national television, allowing
three hits over six innings. He went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA for the
Yankees in all and was sent back down to the minors in June.
The 25-year-old Albaladejo was 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 14 relief
appearances for Washington this season. The rookie struck out 12
and walked two in 14 1-3 innings. He also went 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA
in 15 games at Triple-A Columbus.
"He's a big, strong, imposing guy. Six-foot-5," Yankees
general manager Brian Cashman said. "If he replicates what he did
last season, then he will be an interesting character for us."
Clippard became expendable when several other young pitchers
emerged for New York, including Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and
Ian Kennedy. Bowden said he would have a chance to make the major
league club out of spring training.
Cashman is still trying to re-sign reliever Luis Vizcaino.
Cashman also said Steven White, Alan Horne and Jeffrey Marquez
could be given chances to make the major league team as relievers
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.