Aardsma, not Feliciano, could still join Yankees this year


Via Joel Sherman, there is still a chance that David Aardsma could join the Yankees before the end of the regular season. He had been pitching in minor league rehab games until the season ended last week, even pitching in a set of back-to-back days. That’s usually one of the final steps before being activated. Aardsma wasn’t pitching all that well following his late-June setback, but his 30-day rehab window expires next weekend. The decision is coming one way or another.

In other news, left-hander Pedro Feliciano is unlikely to join the bullpen before the end of the season. He had been pitching in minor league rehab games as well, including doing the whole back-to-back thing, but he sprained his ankle covering first base in his last outing a little more than two weeks ago. The Yankees used that to reset his rehab clock and we’re unlikely to see him throw a single pitch in pinstripes after signing a two-year, $8M deal last winter.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Travis L. says:

    Our bullpen next season seems a bit crowded. I’m guessing Robertson, Rivera, Chamberlain, Phelps, and Logan will be there. The other two spots will be between Aardsma, Wade, Whitley, Eppley and Soriano (if he doesnt opt out). Can anyone tell me what Rapada’s status will be after the season ends? Is he a free agent or is he Arb eligible?

  2. Drew says:

    Could argue that Feliciano was the worst signing in Brian Cashman’s tenure as GM. Pavano & Burnett each contributed something to the Yankees in their tenure.

    • Rey22 says:

      Yeah, but money wise, $4M per season is pocket change. Negligible contributions from Pavano for 4 years at 10M each is worse than none for 2 years at $4M from Feliciano in my opinion.

    • Dela G says:

      Jaret Wright says hello

      • Mister D says:

        I like this answer. There was atleast a reasonable logic behind Pavano’s signing. Wright was a combination of bad idea and bad results.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        This isn’t a bad line of thinking, but I’ve always maintained that filling the back of that rotation with Pavano/Wright really created a hole for the team that wasn’t sufficiently resolved until they were holding the trophy four years later. It was so much money thrown in such a patchwork way on guys who just didn’t deserve it.

        Pavano’s always the worst recent Yankee signing to me, simply because I want to kick him in the nuts once for every dollar he ever made as a Yankee.

    • Tom says:

      Kei Igawa. (salary + posting fee)

    • Pisano says:

      What did they contribute, batting practice to the opposing team.

  3. Naved says:

    Literally spent 8 Million for nothing. Worst signing all time

    • Mister D says:

      “Literally” would imply they didn’t insure his contract.

    • thenamestsam says:

      Coming out 8 million dollars in the red probably doesn’t even qualify for the 50 worst contracts of all time.

    • ..... says:

      Oh stop. These things happen. Certainly not the worst signing of all time. Vernon Wells and others really take that prize. Cashman struck out on this one. It wasn’t excessive by any means and Feliciano had interest from others at the time so it could have happened to any team. Look at Ryan Madson with the Reds; he signed a 1 yr $8.5m deal and he didn’t throw a single pitch for them this year. It’s been a side note with Chapman and Marshall, so lucky us (or Yanks anyway) we got to spread out that same type of “mistake” signing/payment over two years versus one.

      By the way, post say “signed last winter” it was actually two winters ago.

    • Mike Hampton says:

      Have we met?

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

      Worst Signing Of All Time?

      Carl Crawford’s agent would like to thank you.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      You can’t predict injuries. Not much value in holding a manager responsible for luck.

      • Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

        Cashman came out and said the Mets “abused” Feliciano AFTER he was dumb enough to sign him to a lucrative multi year once he blew out his arm. If he felt that way, maybe he should have been smart enough to not have signed him in the first place.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          Clearly he, or someone else in the org., still felt that Feliciano was worth the risk. It didn’t work out. That happens. If he hadn’t gotten hurt, Cashman might still feel that the Mets “abused” him while having gotten good value out of him.

  4. Steve (Yes Another One) says:

    Here are my thoughts on Pedro Feliciano’s not being healthy

  5. Jd says:

    Maybe feliciano ,Jose, can show A jones how to hit again?

    • Drew says:

      funny you should mention that, I don’t know if anyone was at the game last night, but Jose Feliciano sang god bless america last night, and it was just awful. I was really hoping for an encore he was going to do felix navidad. that would have been a treat.

  6. Mike Myers says:

    I offered my services on a 2 year deal to Cash for only 7 Mil. He would have been better of.

  7. tommy cassella says:

    nobody can teach andreu jones how to hit. he’s done, done. done.

  8. tommy cassella says:

    since the all star break andreu jones and raul ibenez have been regressing to the point where are out even before they approach the plate. they both are ready for the glue factory.

  9. tommy cassella says:

    if the yanks are depending on a-choke to get them to the playoffs, then they are in a lot of trouble.

  10. tommy cassella says:

    i don’t trust nova. you never know when that guy will implode. he is not reliable at all i hope he proves me wrong, but i doubt it.

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