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Former Yankees Rasner, Albaladejo OK in Japan

Darrell Rasner left the United States after the 2008 season to play for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League. 
Their home city of Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, was hit hard by Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, but Rasner said he and his teammates are safe. 
“We were not in town when that hit,” Rasner wrote in an e-mail. “The guys on the team were in Kobe and I was on the bullet train going to Tokyo when the earthquake hit. By the time the tsunami hit, I was in a hotel room glued to the TV, watching it unfold.”
Rasner said that his family is not currently in Japan, but he expressed sympathy for those who are suffering there.
“I just feel really bad for the people up there right now and what they are going through,” Rasner wrote. “I have a couple guys on the team I talked with last night that are up in Sendai right now. I talked to them for a couple minutes and [they] said all the power was out. They were staying in a big tent by the field with a whole bunch of people.  It’s really too bad.”
Rasner pitched for three seasons with the Yankees beginning in 2006 after starting his career with the Montreal Expos. 
Former Yankee Jonathan Albaladejo is also safe, he told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger via e-mail. Now a member of the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball, Albaladejo had just left Tokyo for Hiroshima, which was far from the epicenter. Albaladejo said he never felt the earthquake.

Hot Stove: Yankees, Jeter coming closer?

Here are some of the latest Yankees notes and quotes on a chilly Saturday afternoon in New York City, no doorbuster sales required:


yicon.jpg Maybe the Yankees and Derek Jeter are coming closer to sorting this all out, but there is still work to be done. The latest New York Daily News report suggests that Jeter has suggested a five-year deal worth between $22 to $24 million per year.

That’s a step down from the six-year, $150 million figure that was reported earlier and shot down by agent Casey Close as inaccurate. (If you want to know more about who Close is, check out this New York Times profile).

The Yankees’ offer is said to be holding steady at three years and $45 million.

It bears repeating just because every other question I seem to be asked – online and offline – is about Jeter. So it goes with the Hot Stove. There are variations of my answer, but it basically boils down to this: the Yankees want him and he wants the Yankees. How can they not eventually figure this out?

Let’s even pretend there are other teams out there that want Jeter as their Opening Day shortstop: he’s not the same presence if he’s not ‘Derek Jeter, Captain of the New York Yankees.’ He knows it, the Yankees know it, we all know it. And the Yankees know their fan base will be irate if Jeter gets hit No. 3,000 elsewhere and Eduardo Nunez is at shortstop when the schedule begins.

Yet are we surprised that the very proud Jeter didn’t jump at the first offer the Yankees presented – especially considering it represents a pay cut from what he made this year? The Yankees have fair points to consider in their concerns about his age (37 in June) and production not only in 2011, but 2012, 2013, and onward. It’s a fascinating drama, but it can’t go on forever. Right?

Jonathan Albaladejo, who was released by the Yankees last week, has cashed in with a $950,000, one-year deal to pitch for the Yomiuri Giants. Also, it flew under the radar, but Darrell Rasner re-upped with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles this month. This all comes while Marcus Thames is reportedly weighing offers to sign for some quick, guaranteed money in Japan instead of waiting out the free agent process in the Majors.

yicon.jpg The Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to Minor League deals with invitations to Spring Training, Ken Rosenthal reports via Twitter.

Yankees release Jonathan Albaladejo

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. 

Albaladejo called up

Jonathan Albaladejo has been called up from Triple-A by the Yankees, replacing Andy Pettitte on the active roster. Albaladejo had an International League-leading 31 saves and an 0.96 ERA at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Melancon called up

Mark Melancon has been summoned to join the Yankees bullpen for tonight’s game against the Angels, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

After yesterday’s game, Joe Girardi told reporters that adding an arm to the bullpen would be “something we’re going to have to talk about,” after five relievers backed up an ineffective Alfredo Aceves and helped the Bombers post an 8-6 victory over the Twins, completing a three-game sweep at the Metrodome and running New York’s road winning streak to eight games.

A roster move will be announced before tonight’s game. Dave Robertson walked in two runs yesterday and did, in his words, “a terrible job,” so he could be the leading candidate to be sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jonathan Albaladejo picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Phil Coke recorded two outs and Phil Hughes added four more to get the ball to Mariano Rivera.

The right-handed Melancon, 24, was 4-0 with three saves and a 2.50 ERA in 25 appearances at Triple-A. In 39 2/3 innings, Melancon allowed 25 hits and 14 runs (11 earned), walking nine and striking out 42 while holding opponents to a .175 batting average.

He made four appearances with the Yankees from in late April and early May, allowing two runs in 3 1/3 innings (5.40 ERA).

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