Well, not when your GM is named Brian Cashman who is on his quantity vs. quality crusade again hoping to look like a genius; when in actuality it is skipper Joe Girardi & Co. who has to deal with another over-crowded camp in Tampa weeding through a plethora of has-beens.
And he can thank the Yankees GM for once again handing out invites to Spring Training to every injury riddled, washed-up or even old-for-a-veteran player who at one time displayed a little talent.
The latest in Cashman’s stockpile is injury-riddled player, right-handed reliever/closer David Aardsma.
That doesn’t explain why over his six-year career Aardsma got tossed to five different clubs the Giants, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox and his last stint was as the Mariners closer from 2009-2010. He spent all of 2005 in AA because of total inefficacy.
Aardsma just turned 30-years old, and has suffered from serious hip and elbow injuries.
Aardsma required Tommy John surgery on July 22, 2011, but that doesn’t explain where he was for the first three-months of last season. Aardsma has zero stats posted for 2011, but after some googling I found that he had labral left hip surgery about four months earlier and just days before his return, what do you know his right elbow starts to hurt.
The Yankees handed Aardsma a MLB deal for one-year, with a second-year option deal and he will get a guaranteed $500k.
The earliest the Yankees could see Aardsma is August, but there is also the possibility of never seeing him at all.
Cashman might be losing it because he is signing too many ticking time bombs.
See, Aardsma has suffered from fundamental control issues throughout his career; add that to the fact that control is the last thing to come back after having Tommy John, which is a formula for a perpetual mess.
In my opinion, someone needs to grab the reins from the GM, as his off the field faux pas are starting to make a lot more sense when he behaves so erratically.
There is a serious need here for another lefty in addition to Logan.
That is why throwing a half-a-million bucks to a pitcher who might never see a mound, like Aardsma, seems awfully careless for a team with a “little budget.”
Also, with Joba set to return by end-of-June this makes even less sense, and handing the ball in August and September to a pitcher who hasn’t touched a mound in almost two years, following two surgeries doesn’t give me that loving feeling at all.
- Yankees sign David Aardsma (yankees.lhblogs.com)
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- Yanks sign David Aardsma (riveraveblues.com)
- Yanks add reliever Aardsma to bullpen (mlb.mlb.com)
- Yankees roll the dice on Aardsma (nydailynews.com)
- Yankees Sign RP David Aardsma (tracking.si.com)
- The Yankees sign David Aardsma (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)