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The New York Yankees today announced they have signed right-handed pitcher David Aardsma to a one-year Major League contract with a club option for 2013.
Aardsma, 30, has made 254 career relief appearances over parts of six Major League seasons with San Francisco (2004), Chicago-NL (2006), Chicago-AL (2007), Boston (2008) and Seattle (2009-10), going 13-15 with a 4.20 ERA (265.2 IP, 124 ER).
He began the 2011 season on the 15-day disabled list recovering from labral left hip surgery, which was performed on January 3, 2011. He made a brief rehab stint with Triple-A Tacoma from April 19-29, before having his rehab halted with right arm soreness. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 13 and underwent “Tommy John” surgery in July, missing the remainder of the season.
From 2009-10, the right-hander ranked fifth in the American League with 69 saves, trailing Mariano Rivera (77), Jonathan Papelbon (75), Joakim Soria (73) and Brian Fuentes (72). With 38 saves in 2009 and 31 in 2010, he became just the fourth pitcher in Mariners history to record multiple 30-save seasons. Overall, he has converted 69-of-83 (83.1%) career save opportunities.
The Colorado native was originally selected by San Francisco in the first round (22nd overall pick) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
In a corresponding move, the Yankees placed LHP Pedro Feliciano on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster.