The Yankees have released right-handed pitcher Jonathan Albaladejo, who intends to sign a contract to play in Japan.
Albaladejo, 28, spent most of this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he set an International League single season record with 43 saves in 57 appearances. He finished with a 4-2 record and a 1.42 ERA at Triple-A, walking 18 and striking out 82 in 63 1/3 innings.
Albaladejo also led the IL in games finished (54), while pacing all IL relievers in opponents batting average (.170) and strikeouts per nine innings (11.65).
He served stints with the Yankees in July and September, posting a 3.97 ERA with no decisions in 10 appearances. Albaladejo is 6-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 63 career Major League appearances over the last four years, having also pitched for the Nationals in 2007.