The Yankees have signed reliever David Aardsma to a Major League deal worth $500,000 plus incentives. There is an option for 2013.
Aardsma had Tommy John surgery in July, and Brian Cashman said he’s looking at this primarily as a move for next season. There’s a good chance, though, that Aardsma could pitch in this year’s second half. He’s about a month behind Joba Chamberlain, but the Yankees don’t have a great feel
for how far he’s come in his rehab. The value of next year’s contract depends on this year’s production.
Aardsma will be added to the 40-man roster with Pedro Feliciano going to the 60-day. It’s all but certain that Aardsma will shift to the 60-day when the Eric Chavez deal is official.
Cashman was careful to point out that he’s been talking to Aardsma all winter and said this move is in no way connected Mariano Rivera hinting at retirement.