Aardsma has a career 4.22 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 and a 5.1 BB/9. He served as the Mariners closer from 2009 through 2010, but hip and elbow surgery derailed him. The Yankees picked him up before the 2012 season on a one-year, $500K deal with an option for another year and $500K.
The Yankees picked up that option during this past offseason, but despite a 3.52 ERA, 8.2 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 7.2 Spring Training innings they elected to release him. Joe Girardi explained that part of the reason is because they thought that Shawn Kelley could be more versatile and give them more innings, but that doesn’t explain how Cody Eppley, who can’t pitch to lefties, beat him out for a spot.
It’s possible that the Yankees could re-sign him to a minor league deal and wait for a bit more 40-man roster flexibility before calling him up. It is hard to see him not getting a major league offer from another team though. He has a track record and wasn’t that bad in Spring Training.
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