Aardsma, not Feliciano, could still join Yankees this year

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Homegrown starters picking up the slack in September

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.

Taking a look at Super Nova
Homegrown starters picking up the slack in September
  • Travis L.

    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?

    • MannyGeee

      lets still not assume that *GULP* Mariano Rivera will be back…

      Jus Sayin…

      • Robinson Tilapia


        Sorry, Manny. Had to be done.

        *kick in nuts*

        • MannyGeee

          I had it coming.

      • Rich in NJ

        There’s also the secondary issue of Rivera’s 2013 contract, since a case could be made that a significant cut in guaranteed salary is a reasonable course for the Yankees to pursue.

        • Darren

          You can’t be serious.

          • Rich in NJ

            Is their budget serious?

            • Ted Nelson

              The $189 million budget is not for 2013.

              I would assume his salary comes down after a major injury and since he’s older than last time. Yankees are taking more risk and Therefore should be paying less to theoretically get a better return. He can use retirement as leverage, but I doubt this is how he wants to go out.

        • MannyGeee

          Dude, MO writes his own checks. This is not news

      • David

        pffft- God has risen from death many times throughout history, coming back from a mere arm injury is nothing

    • Steve S

      Clay Rapada is not even arbitration eligible, he gets retained at the league minimum – he’s gonna have only 2 years of service time at the end of this season. He’s under Yankees’ control until 2017 if they want him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    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

      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.

      • the Other Steve S.

        Absolutely. Pavano mostly contributed funny stories.

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        Feliciano was an attractive signing—any sane GM would scoop that contract up, again and again.

    • Dela G

      Jaret Wright says hello

      • Mister D

        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

        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

      Kei Igawa. (salary + posting fee)

    • Pisano

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

  • Naved

    Literally spent 8 Million for nothing. Worst signing all time

    • Mister D

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

    • thenamestsam

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

      • …..

        Barely top 100. Dude is acting like this came out of his 401K.

    • …..

      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

      Have we met?

      • Barry Zito

        I believe we have also

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Worst Signing Of All Time?

      Carl Crawford’s agent would like to thank you.

    • Ted Nelson

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

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula

        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

          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.

  • Steve (Yes Another One)

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


  • Jd

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

    • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

      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.

      • Hoss

        Amazing that the Yankees got more on-the-field performance from Jose Feliciano than Pedro Feliciano this season.

  • Mike Myers

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

    • MannyGeee

      at least you would have picked up towels… or something.

      #PositiveWAR #VeteransPresents

      • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

        if nothing else you wouldn’t have taken a 40-man slot…

  • tommy cassella

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

  • tommy cassella

    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.

  • tommy cassella

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

  • tommy cassella

    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.