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New York Yankees: Cashman you are losing it again

David Aardsma

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Are the New York Yankees in need of another right-handed reliever?

No, no…. the Yankees need a lefty to aid Boone Logan out of the bullpen, and even more so now that LHR Hideki Okajima failed his physical a few days ago.

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.

Aardsma…Who?                      

Good question, as why would you know Aardsma; he didn’t pitch at all in 2011 but he did manage 31 saves over a total of 49 innings in 2010 and 38 saves in 2009.

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.




22 Comments

  1. Richard Griffith says:

    This post is " total inefficacy" ( must be a new baseball term). Aardsma may be a diamond in the rough for 2013 NOT 2012 for minimum $. His stats of 2009/2010 is worth the risk (WHIP 1.162) Other than Logan, who was our OTHER shut down lelfty in 2011: Laffey or was it Valdes? I think our top righty relievers did a pretty good job vs lefties.

    But then again you're still in mourning for loosing our 16M dollar man, aren't you? CASH has put together one of the strongest teams (on paper) that I can remember in recent years.

  2. SteveKarsay says:

    A 500k gamble on a potential swing and miss stuff reliever when hes healthy is not a big deal.

    • Steve….Cashman "claims" we couldn't afford the $1 million to pay for Ibanez so throwing at $500k an inactive player seems a bit reckless to me.

      • Richard Griffith says:

        Actually with incentives the Ibanez contract is 3-4 million. Why not let Cash worry about the payroll? I think Cash has more hits than misses.

        • LLP says:

          Well, that was the reason we were given all off-season…that the Yankees were strapped and it bothers me because I want to see some of the prospects come up. Like bringing up Mason Williams after the All-Star break, he is a 5-tool player who looks like a super-prospect. No room now!!! Yankees are petrified of bring guys up and that is cause they did such a bad job with Kennedy, Hughes and Joba; they left them out to dry with the media and that can't happen.

  3. Steve says:

    you are insane. Aardsma is pretty good, and saying that he played in AA in 2005 (when he was 23 by the way) because of 'total inefficiency' in the majors… is just retarded.

    • Richard Griffith says:

      LP has this annoying habit of taking an inanely superfluous fact from years gone by and tries to justify a position. She totally disregards his 2009-2010 stats which is why Cash is taking a chance. Yet she likes Chavez ( so do I), although he has an injury history much worse than Ibanez which she dislikes. It's priceless reading these posts which are of course her opinion not based on any pertinent reality. Did I miss anything??

    • Well Steve why else was he sent down to AA????

      • Richard Griffith says:

        He was sent down in 2005 because he was terrible. We ALL understand that!!!!!!. But what does that have to do with him NOW?????? For 2009-2010 he saved 69 games with an WHIP average of 1.166. You need to cut and run on this one.

  4. BPT says:

    OK. Let's say Mo retires and/or Sori leaves. How good would this move look them?

    • Richard Griffith says:

      At least someone thinks ahead. He may even turn out to be the set-up to DR if he replaces MO. Good Move General Cash.

      • Ok Richard…that is if Aardsma ever sees a mound again. The two injuries Aardsma had do not bod well for a pitcher who had control issues to begin with. Joba or Soriano will set up for DR or come combo of this nature.

    • Soriano is not going to leave all that money on the table in 2013 and if he can get back to his Rays days than he could very well be a big help once that sad day comes.

  5. Richard Griffith says:

    LLP has this annoying habit of taking an inanely superfluous fact from years gone by and tries to justify a position. She totally disregards his 2009-2010 stats which is why Cash is taking a chance. Yet she likes Chavez ( so do I), although he has an injury history much worse than Ibanez which she dislikes. It's priceless reading these posts which are of course her opinion not based on any pertinent reality. Did I miss anything??

    • I like Chavez because he helped the Yankees last season and he is a six-time gold glover. It is not like Aardsma has won multiple Rolaids Relief Awards. And with how "cash-strapped" the Yankees supposedly are, as they had no $$ for Ibanez, these little signings add up.

  6. Rob says:

    Written by a woman. Nuff said! Brian cashman for us president!!!!!

  7. SteveKarsay says:

    At least shes taking the time to put her thoughts down in this pretty nice blog. We may not agree with some of what LLP writes, but we're still visiting this blog and taking the time to comment on it.

    • Richard Griffith says:

      Ok with that. However, it's scary when she thinks her thoughts are facts.

      • LLP says:

        But Richard…I do give facts all the time. I think it is how i perceive them that drives you so nuts??? Right??

    • LLP says:

      Thank you Steve….and I do appreciate it. I know you might not agree with me all the time but I really do love baseball, and I am not always wrong in my thoughts.
      Hey at least I am honest, just hope you don't stop visiting LLP!!