Yankees release David Aardsma

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Last week the Yankees designated David Aardsma for assignment and today they released the veteran reliever, which isn’t surprising after manager Joe Girardi said he “didn’t really fit” the team’s plans.

Aardsma hasn’t been healthy since 2010, as elbow and hip surgeries derailed what was a pretty solid two-season run as the Mariners’ closer. He’s logged a grand total of just 12 innings between the majors and minors since 2011, but Aardsma looked decent in a handful of spring training appearances last month.

New York is on the hook to pay him $500,000 after exercising a 2013 option on Aardsma back in November.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.