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Yankees release David Aardsma

Apr 4, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Last week the Yankees designated David Aardsma for assignment and today they released the veteran reliever, which isn’t surprising after manager Joe Girardi said he “didn’t really fit” the team’s plans.

Aardsma hasn’t been healthy since 2010, as elbow and hip surgeries derailed what was a pretty solid two-season run as the Mariners’ closer. He’s logged a grand total of just 12 innings between the majors and minors since 2011, but Aardsma looked decent in a handful of spring training appearances last month.

New York is on the hook to pay him $500,000 after exercising a 2013 option on Aardsma back in November.

  1. number42is1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I challenge you to find a post in the last 7 days about a Yankees player (not counting opening day) that did not contain the word “released”, Injured or DFA’d

    • lazlosother - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Well, there was the post about Cano changing agents. Unfortunately thats about the highlight for us this year..

      • number42is1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        the Way that he has been playing since the end of last yr… not a highlight to me…

    • shaggylocks - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      This one comes close, although it does speculate about Sabathia having dead-arm, so I’ll count it: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/01/red-sox-storm-into-first-place-beat-yankees-8-2/

  2. manute - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Hard to fault the Yankees for letting him go. He belongs in Double A.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      I disagree. He should be signed by the Tigers. Let him and Valverde fight it out for the job of closer on the Tigers.

      • manute - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        It was an AArdsma joke. Not a good one, mind you…

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        Not any worse than some of my jokes.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        Im not sure which is funnier, the jays bullpen or the annouced attendence at the game, they are both funny as hell.

  3. mybrunoblog - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    You gotta love being an MLB player. You get fired and walk out with a $500k severance check and a pension. Not a bad way to lose your job.

  4. pisano - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    He’ll have no trouble getting on with another team, he’ll help a contender down the road.

  5. historiophiliac - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    He hasn’t been healthy since 2010. How does that not fit with the team plans?

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