The Yankees sign David Aardsma

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The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed former Mariners’ closer David Aardsma. It’s a major league deal. There’s an option for 2013 too, and Brian Cashman told reporters a few minutes ago that the deal is more for 2013 than it is for 2012.

Aardsma underwent Tommy John surgery last summer and won’t be ready until July in all likelihood. If he’s close to his old form, however, he should be a good pickup. He posted a 2.90 ERA and 129/59 K/BB ratio in 121 innings between 2009-2010 for the Mariners, saving 69 games in 78 chances.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.