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Following the news of Aardsma's DFA, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that the team didn't feel the veteran could provide distance out of the bullpen. He added that Aardsma "didn't really fit" with New York.
Aardsma signed a minor league contract with the Yankees last offseason. He was coming off of Tommy John surgery spent most of last season recovering. He appeared in three games in the minors and one for the Yankees last year.
Despite returning from the significant arm injury, Aardsma has looked healthy this spring. over eight appearances he's maintained an ERA of 3.52 with seven strikeouts and two walks over 7 2/3 innings.
Aardsma has been an effective reliever in the majors. Prior to his arm injury, the 31-year-old was the Seattle Mariners' closer from 2009-10. He posted an ERA of 2.90 with 69 saves over 126 appearances.