Yankees Sign Reliever David Aardsma

NEW YORK (WFAN) – The New York Yankees have signed former Seattle Mariners right-handed reliever David Aardsma.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that it’s a major-league deal worth $500,000. Aardsma is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery last July and likely won’t be ready to contribute until mid-season. The 30-year-old posted a 2.90 ERA and saved 69 games for the Mariners from 2009-10, so he could be a savvy addition.

Feinsand reports that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the Aardsma move has more to do with 2013 as the Yankees hold a club option on the reliever.

Where does Aardsma fit in the Yankees plans? Leave a comment below.

  • Neil Dworkin

    It’s a win-win move. Mr. Cashman is a thinking man’s GM.

  • david thompson

    I applaud this move. If Aardsma is healthy he can get big outs down the stretch and could also pave the way for the Yankees to trade either Soriano or Joba

  • Jerry Mullins

    Its what I love about the yankees. They always seem to be ahead of the competition. A minimal amount of cash with a possible great return. They do not rest.

  • andyg

    Short money that can help the Yanks down the road. I really, really like the moves the Yanks have made the past two years. This is a gamble but not a big one and it could reap major rewards later this year and potentially next year. Mariano is hinting this is his last year (I thnk he could be effective another 3 years) so the Yanks need to plan for the inevitable. I am just not sure if I can imagine a Yankee team without #42 running from the bullpen to close another game.

  • Coby Scher

    Loved him when he played in college at Rice. I believe that he can really contribute when he heals from surgery.

  • LouBoogie139

    He fits nicely in a bullpen that will be Mariono-less come 2013. Yes, I know that Rafael Soriano is there(albeit he has opt-out clause), and David Robertson is waiting in the wings. Joba Chamberlain hopefully returns to form & this bullpen will be unstoppable! So low risk-high reward is what I call this…..way to go Ca$h-man!

  • LemdaGen

    A DEEP bullpen insures a season long run at the AL Eastern Division title and the Yanks being competitive against some drastically improved AL Western teams.

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