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Al Alburquerque | Relief Pitcher | #51

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / UDFA / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Blue Jays signed RHP Al Albuquerque to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Albuquerque had strong numbers in a small sample size in 2017, posting a 2.50 ERA in 21 games in stops with the Royals and the the White Sox. The 31-year-old right-hander will have a chance to win a job in the Toronto bullpen, but could be a back-and-forth player as he has been for most of his seven seasons. Jan 18 - 9:49 AM

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White Sox non-tendered RHP Al Alburquerque.

The 31-year-old appeared in 21 games for the Royals and White Sox, registering a 2.50 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 18 innings. The veteran journeyman has a cool 3.16 career ERA in 264 games with four teams.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 09:55:00 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Charlotte.

Alburquerque held a 3.60 ERA over 11 appearances for the Royals this season before being released. He'll be used in middle relief.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 02:25:00 PM

White Sox signed RHP Al Albuquerque to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old right-hander was released by the Royals last week after registering a 3.60 ERA and 9/6 K/BB ratio across 10 innings. He'll add bullpen depth for the White Sox.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 12:34:00 AM

Royals released RHP Al Alburquerque.

He was removed from the 40-man roster last week and is now out of the organization altogether. Alburquerque is now 31 and hasn't pitched very well for a few years now.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 08:38:00 AM

Royals designated RHP Al Alburquerque for assignment.

Alburquerque has posted a 3.60 ERA and 9/6 K/BB ratio over 10 innings with the Royals this season. He can elect free agency if he wants.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 07:29:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Omaha.

Alburquerque was cleared from the 40-man roster in May, but he's back again to pitch out of the Royals' bullpen. The 31-year-old owns a 6.75 ERA through five relief appearances in the majors this year.
Mon, Jul 3, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Royals sent RHP Al Alburquerque outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Alburquerque was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Sunday after posting a 6.75 ERA in five relief appearances. He can refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent.
Tue, May 23, 2017 06:00:00 PM

Royals designated RHP Al Alburquerque for assignment.

Alburquerque held a 6.75 ERA over five relief appearances. Mike Francesa's favorite player could clear waivers.
Sun, May 21, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Omaha.

The right-hander had a 2.63 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 12/4 K/BB ratio through 13 2/3 innings this season with Omaha. He will work in middle relief for the Royals.
Wed, May 10, 2017 03:38:00 PM

Royals reassigned RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Malcom Culver, C Zane Evans, and INF Humberto Arteaga to minor league camp.

Alburquerque was in Royals camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league deal and posted a 4.15 ERA across 8 2/3 innings in the Cactus League. It looks like right-hander Peter Moylan will get the final spot in the Kansas City bullpen.
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 01:58:00 PM

Royals signed RHP Al Albuquerque to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

After being a late-game staple in the Tigers' bullpen for several years, Albuquerque spent most of the 2016 season in the minor leagues, compiling a 3.74 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 35/17 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings primarily at Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels) and Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners). When he's right, he has a devastating slider and can be a weapon in the late innings, but command has always eluded him.
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 12:14:00 PM

Mariners signed RHP Al Alburquerque to a minor league contract.

This deal was actually agreed upon last week. Alburquerque was released by the Angels on August 13 after posting a pedestrian 3.80 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, and 26/13 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake. The 30-year-old right-hander is now working out of the bullpen at Triple-A Tacoma.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 02:51:00 PM

Angels released RHP Al Alburquerque.

The Angels needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Andrew Bailey. Alburquerque has had a so-so year in the minor leagues, contributing a 3.80 ERA in 24 outings for Triple-A Salt Lake. He's made two appearances in the majors this season but none since June.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 09:21:00 PM

Angels optioned RHP Al Albuquerque to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The right-hander was with the club for just a couple of days as an extra bullpen arm, allowing one run in two innings of work. He'll assuredly get another opportunity with the big league club this summer.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 06:33:00 PM

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