Yankees release reliever David Aardsma

04/04/2013 4:21 PM ET
By Jon Lane

The Yankees signed David Aardsma in February of 2012.(AP)
The New York Yankees unconditionally released reliever David Aardsma, manager Joe Girardi announced on Thursday.

Aardsma was designated for assignment last Friday after he was informed he did not make the team despite a 3.52 ERA over 7 2/3 Spring Training innings. At the time, Girardi explained that Aardsma "didn't really fit" with the Yankees' bullpen as someone who can provide multiple innings, which is why he chose to bring Shawn Kelly, another right-hander, north. 

Aardsma signed a one-year contract worth $500,000 with a 2013 club option last February while recovering from Tommy John surgery and has pitched in just one Major League game the past two seasons. From 2009-10, Aardsma saved 69 games and posted a 2.90 ERA for the Seattle Mariners.

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