The Yankee Clippard is no longer. In lieu of a deal for a certain Minnesotan lefty, the Yanks have sent Triple-A pitching prospect Tyler Clippard to the Nats for Jonathan Albaladejo, a hard-throwing righty reliever with excellent control. It seems like a good deal for both teams, if not a steal for NY. There’s no room for Clippard on the Yanks in 2008; he failed to stick last season when given a shot. He’s got a far better chance to find a place in the majors in DC. Albaladejo—sound it out!—jumped all the way from AA to the Bigs last season, improving all the way. He’s just 24. Stats here. The Yanks need to improve in the pen, especially if Joba goes to the rotation. A good start.
In less pleasant news, Andy Phillips was DFA’ed to clear room on the 40-man roster. The breaks have never seemed to fall his way. Last season, in limited duty, he hit better than .290 in the majors. Perhaps he’ll catch on elsewhere. It’s possible he returns to the Bombers, but behind Duncan, Betemit, and Giambi on the 1b depth chart. There’s not much room. In a different situation, under a different manager, things might have turned out differently for AP. In all the talk of hundred million dollar deals, it’s easy to forget stories like this, about guys working for the League minimium, trying to stick somewhere, as their careers slowly slip away.