Yankees Sign David Aardsma

7:09pm: Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports (on Twitter) that any incentives Aardsma earns in 2012 will increase the base salary of his 2013 option by the same amount.

11:21am: The Yankees have signed 30-year-old right-hander David Aardsma, the team announced. It's a Major League deal worth $500K that includes a club option for 2013. The deal includes $500K in incentives and the 2012 option is worth $500K, Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times tweets. Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last July and won't be ready to contribute until midway through the 2012 campaign.

Aardsma last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2010, when he saved 31 games as the Mariners' closer, posting a 3.44 ERA with 8.9 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 49 2/3 innings. He has a 4.20 ERA with 9.1 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in parts of six MLB seasons.

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News first reported the deal.

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  1. nice signing i liked him in Seattle

    • GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago

      They signed Chavez yesterday.

      • aardsma is a good signing. he could help the bullpen out when he comes back. even if it is in july. and could very well be the closer when mo retires.

        • vinniemiller 3 years ago

          Okay calm down with that “closer when mo retires” statement….

        • I’m a Red Sox Fan but you need to stop disrespecting Rivera like that. Closing in that canyon Safeco is one thing. For one he just had Tommy John. Second he would get pounded with that short right field porch at Yankee Stadium. You Don’t want him closing games. 

          • gmenfan 3 years ago

            Exactly – he benefited greatly from pitching at SafeCo in his last season in the Majors.

            SafeCo: 2.06 ERA, 1.057 WHIP, 0.26 HR/9
            Away: 6.75 ERA, 1.432 WHIP, 2.57 HR/9

            Even so, decent arm that should be a nice, cheap middle inning addition to the pen in NY. Replacing River though, lets hold come back down to Earth a little there.

        • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

          Machines don’t retire.

          • redsx968 3 years ago

            but arrow in the knee jokes do.

          • Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

            I was going to make a joke about chicken and beer, but then I took an arrow in the knee.

          • redsx968 3 years ago

            …well played mauer…

      • haha you’ll notice how i changed my post due to my lapse in not seeing that….

  2. diesel2410 3 years ago

    A major league deal? Really?

    •  Why not? He’ll be on the DL, not taking up a roster spot.

    • donna rothwell 3 years ago

       Exactly, he will be on the 60 day DL so he won’t count until he is ready and the money is so cheap. How does NYY always get great veterans for nothing. I guess the chase for a ring answers that question.

  3. Ray R 3 years ago

    Interesting move…I kind of like it. Would have like it more if it were a MiLB deal, but provides some depth.

  4. No one else wanted to take this chance? Really?

    • gmenfan 3 years ago

      Agree completely. If you can snag another club’s closer and put him the middle of your bullpen for $500K, seems like a no-brainer move that many clubs could have taken advantage of.

  5. captainjeter 3 years ago

    not sure  whether this is  a good signing. Better if he had signed a minor league deal

    • yg49 3 years ago

      He is on the DL so it won’t cost a roster spot, it’s basically the same thing.

      • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

        it’s the same thing now but when he’s off the dl and does his rehab then a clock ticks so if he’s ready to perform or not it sort of pushes their hand as opposed to a milb deal where they can take their time with him.

  6. raffish 3 years ago

    Even if Aardsma returns to peak form you have to be worried about those fly ball tendencies.  {explosion noise}

    • MB923 3 years ago

      It’s crazy how his groundball ratio in 2010 was at a very very low 25.3%, but his HR/FB ratio was also at a very low 4.2%. 1 year later, his Groundball ratio went up 10% but his HR/FB ratio went up 5%

    • m4r1n3r 3 years ago

       Indeed. Lot’s of Aardsma’s outs came at the warning track in Seattle. Those will be out the house at Yankee Stadium

  7. MetsMagic 3 years ago

    Not a bad signing. Safeco masked his extreme flyball tendencies but a swing and miss guy who sits at 95 MPH and has a good slider is worth taking a flier on, especially if it won’t take up roster space. 

  8. As a Mariner fan…I think he might get eaten up in NY. he mainly throws fastballs that can stay in Safeco Field..they aren’t staying in in NY. good luck though!

  9. j6takish 3 years ago

    I’m more amazed that the 2010 Mariners had 31 save opportunities

  10. Johnny S. 3 years ago

    Great signing , If Soriano looks like he did last year, Aardsma could be just the guy to shine in the closer spot if Mo retires

    • ARod's Ring 3 years ago

      “Aardsma could be just the guy to shine in the closer spot if Mo retires.” 
      Please, stop this madness.

      • Johnny S. 3 years ago

        Soriano is a proven Closer, but so was Aardsma when healthy, so its not really a stretch

      • Johnny S. 3 years ago

        on less your referring to Mo not retiring, then thats a cute thought

  11. chris_synan1 3 years ago

    Ya, this is the same type of move the Red Sox make and then Yankees fans harp on us

    • JerseyJohn32190 3 years ago

      You mean what everyone was doing when the Yankees signed Colon and Garcia last year?

    • boomer1344 3 years ago

      well sox fans need to be harped upon. besides, they have done this in the past and it works about half the time

    • YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

      more like that was the reverse. 

      • redsx968 3 years ago

        Haha yea. I was gonna say. What move is he talking about? I love the Sox and hate the Yankees, but the fact is that Sox fans are far more obnoxious to Yanks fans than the other way around

        • Tko11 3 years ago

          Having lived in New York and being a Red Sox fan Id have to disagree.

          • c7cxk 3 years ago

            Living in Maine for the past 17 years and being a Yankees Fan, Id have to disagree.

          • Tko11 3 years ago

            How about we take this outside -_-

  12. JacobyWanKenobi 3 years ago

    Cash said this was more of a signing for ’13 than ’12.

    • pennypincher 3 years ago

      I still hope in the unfortunate event that this is Mo’s last year, DRob or Soriano would close, not Aardsma.  He’s a solid guy, but I just prefer DRob and Soriano over him.

  13. Nimphiusforever 3 years ago

    I want to wish David Aardsma good health and the best of luck with the Yanks. My son was a very young baseball fan, lucky enough to get to Wrigley Field. Aardsma was kind enough to give him a ball during batting practice, before the Cubs and Phils squared off. That was a good time in Chicago.  

  14. AndreTheGiantKiller 3 years ago

    If I get TJ surgery, I wonder if the Yanks would pay me half a million to sit on the DL?

    • pennypincher 3 years ago

      If your name was Carl Pavano they’d pay you about 30 million to sit on the DL for three years.

  15. julianAlmighty 3 years ago

    How much more White Sox pitching can the Yankees possibly sign?

    • pennypincher 3 years ago

      We can reacquire Contreras and convince El Duque and Vazquez out of retirement 😉

      • julianAlmighty 3 years ago

        Don’t forget other classics such as Damaso Marte, Luis Vizcaino, and Bartolo.

  16. Lucas Kschischang 3 years ago

    Well he can’t be any worse than Burnett!

  17. Tyler Mesec 3 years ago

    this makes sense. if aardsma can make a full recover and throw well at the midpoint of the season, watch for soriano to be on the move if the yanks need someone due to injury or struggles. then the next season will be robertson closing, aardsma set up man, joba in the 7th. still have boone logan, feliciano healthy(?) strong pen.

  18. anthony88 3 years ago

    Aardsma and VandenHurk? the MLB is being very dutch today.. 

  19. Brad426 3 years ago

     Your name is apt, I’m just not sure you realize which person is looking that way…

  20. MB923 3 years ago

    As MLB The Show says, the 1st name in Baseball’s Encyclopedia. 

  21. No it doesn’t because David Aardsma has done nothing to warrant being in the dictionary.

  22. Justanotherfantoo 3 years ago

     I never imagined that an Aaron would ever be displaced as the first.

  23. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    it’s no so much the low cost issue. it’s a major league deal which makes you scratch your head. at some point, once he’s off the dl, he has to be added to the mlb roster and someone booted off, regardless of whether he’s ready to pitch vs simply ready to come off the dl. why? why not offer him a minor league deal and then bring him up if he’s ready to contribute. 

  24. pennypincher 3 years ago

    This may be very wishful thinking on my part, but isn’t Joba also coming back mid-2012? Maybe this means they will finally give Joba the second extended look he deserves by stretching him out over the year.

  25. julianAlmighty 3 years ago

    Joe Crede would have been a better pick up than Eric Chavez.

  26. skoods 3 years ago

    Carl Pavano was never one of the best.

  27. pennypincher 3 years ago

    Pavano in 02: 6-10, 5.16 ERA, .345 BABIP
    Pavano in 03: 12-13, 4.30 ERA .294 BABIPPavano’s BABIP to that point: .304 BABIP
    Pavano’s career to that point: 57-58, 4.21 ERA, 102 ERA+

    The 2004 FA starters had guys like Clemens, Pedro and Derek Lowe who are obviously superior to Pavano, and Matt Clement, Odalis Perez, Brad Radke, Matt Morris, Millwood and El Duque, guys who I’d take over Pavano (some of them are worst in hindsight, but we’re talking about in 2004).  Most of the guys have better career ERA+ than Pavano in 2004.

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