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The Yankees sign David Aardsma

Feb 22, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed former Mariners’ closer David Aardsma. It’s a major league deal. There’s an option for 2013 too, and Brian Cashman told reporters a few minutes ago that the deal is more for 2013 than it is for 2012.

Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and won’t be ready until July in all likelihood. If he’s close to his old form, however, he should be a good pickup. He posted a 2.90 ERA and 129/59 K/BB ratio in 121 innings between 2009-2010 for the Mariners, saving 69 games in 78 chances.

  1. sdelmonte - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Let the “Mo’s retiring, and this is his heir” speculation begin!

    I like seeing GMs think this way, though. I remember Cashman doing something similar a few years back with Jon Lieber that was really effective.

    • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      I know that you are not serious,HOWEVER, there are those that will be. there is no way in hell that this guy takes over unless Robertson, Soriano, and Joba/Huges all fail at the closer spot next year.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Chances of him replacing Rivera are slim and none and slim left town. But assuming either Robertson or Soriano do get the closing job depending how this guy does in the 2nd half of the 2012 season, if he’s ready he could be a nice and cheap addition to the bullpen for the middle innings for the 2013 season.

      • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        I suppose you are right.. I would just love to see the Yanks pick up a lefty already. every day we get closer to April is another day closer to Boone Logan pitching again. I suppose you can say that Benualos can be that guy, but i always assumed he was going to be a starter.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        My friend don’t discount the kid the Yankees picked up in Rule 5 this past winter Cesar Cabral. He pitched great in winter ball and if he has a good spring training I would not be the least bit surprised to see him head North with the Yankees when they break camp in April.

      • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        yea… i think i overheard a couple guys talking on the train this morning about a Rule 5 guy… didnt realize he was a lefty pitcher. if that works out ill be very happy. We simply cannot go another season without a dependable lefty in the Pen.

      • deathmonkey41 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Is Feliciano coming back this year???

      • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        MAYBE in September

      • uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        deathmonkey – The soonest the Yankees expect him back might be in September. So I would so no.

    • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      MAYBE in Sept.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Sorry, I must have been typing my response to deathmonkey as your reply was being posted. Sorry about that.

      • phukyouk - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        no worries.. for some reason when i hit reply it starts a new thread..

  2. buffalomafia - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Not another broken down bum?

  3. rob0527 - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Wow the rumor of Mo retiring has gotten to Cashman. I thought David Robertson was the heir apparent to Mo, don’t they have a guy named Soriano on there roster who used to close.

  4. yournuts - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    David Aardsma was a stud with the M’s. He can be a great fit if healthy. Good pick up for Brian Cashman. Go Yankees!

  5. proudlycanadian - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    In other news, the Yankees FINALLY SIGNED A BIG NAME FREE AGENT! I am referring to BURT REYNOLDS who just signed a minor league contract. A big name, but he came cheap.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Yanks didnt have to, they traded for a big name, a kid who will be a stud. Something that the bluegays farm system does NOT produce and something drabek wishes he could be but never will be

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        Here is the real dirt on the Pineda trade Harry. The Yankees traded for another fat out of shape pitcher who had ran out of gas in the second half of the 2011 season. His era after the break was well over 5 runs an inning. The Mariners did not trust him going forward and received a slugger in return. Up until the trade, Yankee fans claimed that Jesus was the next messiah.

  6. shawnuel - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Aardsma was very good his first season in Seattle, and certainly serviceable his second but hardly a stud. He walks almost 5 batters per 9 and throws a flat fastball without much movement. That played fine in Safeco field, with Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro running down long flies, but he may have some problems in the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium.

  7. nkappel - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The iPad app isn’t loading new stories today. Still stuck on the Belisario as the latest story…

  8. uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Every fan needs to visit the following link:

    As you all should know this is the NEW home for the Boston Red Sox spring training.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM


  9. thinman61 - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Another name gets added to the list of players who’ve played for both the Sox and Yanks.

  10. Chimenti - Feb 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Another Mariner loss. The Yankees continue to demonstrate why they are the Gold Standard for baseball for more than a century, and the Mariners Front Office continues to prove that they are full of losers.

    Congratulations to David Aardsma, he will be real stud down the stretch, and maybe even a legitimate option to replace Rivera in 2013.

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