Yankees sign injured relief pitcher David Aardsma

The Yankees have signed David Aardsma, the former Red Sox reliever who had Tommy John Surgery last July, to a one-year deal with an option for 2013, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network.

Aardsma, 30, is a hard throwing, fastball/slider type who was on the shelf last season even before TJS with hip and elbow injuries. He had a great 2009 season with the Mariners, putting up a 2.52 ERA, a 10/1 K/9, and a 4.3 BB/9. In 2010 he had another decent season with a 3.44 ERA, a 8.9 K/9, and a 4.5 BB/9. So there is some promise there.

Being that he had surgery in July, he won’t be ready until the All-Star break at the earliest so he could be a nice midseason pickup. However, the real value in this deal is that it is a Jon Leiber type deal in that they are really signing him for next year.

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3 Responses to Yankees sign injured relief pitcher David Aardsma

  1. Fred says:

    Interesting for us to be signing a reliever coming off Tommy John… You'd think one of those would be enough in our already crowded bullpen

    • Tommy John is a minor surgery. The success rate coming back from that is pretty good. It could be a pretty big signing for the future. It's planning for the future when they might be without a hall of fame closer.

  2. NYYinATL says:

    I agree Rob. I think they really are signing him on the cheap for next year.

    If Mo does retire, everyone moves up a notch….which means Soriano or Robby closes…the other sets up and then Aardsma/Joba for the 7th. Still an excellent pen.

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