After designating Clay Rapada for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster, the New York Yankees have now released the lefty. Capada is battling a shoulder injury but was thought to have a chance at remaining on the Yankees' roster. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Andy McCullough of the New Jersey Star-Ledger says the Yankees granted Rapada his unconditional release yesterday. Rapada was dropped from the 40-man roster to make sense for Lyle Overbay. Overbay, of course, was brought on to play first base because of Mark Teixeira's injury.
Rapada has pitched in the Majors for six years. He signed with the Yankees in February of 2012 and pitched well for them during the season. Rapada posted a 2.82 ERA in 70 appearances for New York during the 2012 season. Unfortunately, the Yankees' hand was forced. He will find work elsewhere pretty quickly.
Rapada has appeared in 148 games with five different teams in his Major League career. He has posted a 4.15 ERA over that time, but the memories of front office personnel are often short. They will see that 2.82 ERA and likely jump at the chance at signing Rapada.
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