The Yankees signed 30-year-old right-hander David Aardsma, to a MLB deal as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, tweets Mark Feinsand. The deal is worth $500K and the contract contains a club option for 2013.

Aardsma missed all of last season after undergoing hip surgery in December ’10 and then Tommy John surgery in July after injuring his elbow during his comeback.

The Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he could return by July.

The right-hander last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2010, when he saved 31 games as the Mariners’ closer, posting a 3.44 ERA.


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  • Brian Capozzi

    I like this move by the Yankees.  It’s a low-risk, high-reward signing. While Aardsma is coming off Tommy John surgery, he has a proven track record of success. While his numbers aren’t the greatest, we can’t forget that he played for a VERY weak Seattle Mariners team prior to surgery.  The Yankees will be getting two solid relievers in July, both with a lot to prove!