The New York Red Bulls have waived center back Andrew Jean-Baptiste, the club announced today.
Jean-Baptiste signed with New York ahead of the 2015 season after a successful preseason trial. The Brooklyn native made one appearance for the Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup match against Atlanta Silverbacks FC.
The Brooklyn native was drafted by Portland in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He spent two seasons with the Portland Timbers before being traded to Chivas USA, where he spent the 2014 season. Jean-Baptiste has made 41 MLS appearances overall.
The move comes ahead of the MLS Transfer Window, so the move to waive the center back was probably made to open up a roster spot for an upcoming transfer. Most likely the move was to make space for Will Packwood. The former Birmingham City defender has been trialing with the Red Bulls this week, and has been rumored to be a target in the transfer market.