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Indians sign David Aardsma to a minor league deal

Indians sign David Aardsma to a minor league deal
January 23, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent right-handed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.

Aardsma, 32, spent most of the 2013 season in the New York Mets bullpen, going 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 relief appearances (39.2IP, 39H, 19ER, 19BB, 36K).  The Denver native stranded all 19 of the runners he inherited (best ratio in MLB) and allowed just one run over his final nine outings of the season (7.0IP, 4H, 7SO). David attended spring training with the Yankees and spent a month in the Miami Marlins organization in April before latching on with the Mets in May.

The Rice University product has averaged 8.96 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched for his career, posting 69 saves and a 4.23 ERA over 298 relief appearances since debuting with the San Francisco Giants in 2004 (306.1IP, 271H, 144ER, 169BB, 305K, .239AVG). He recorded all 69 career saves and a combined 2.90 ERA (39ER/121.0IP) as closer for the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and 2010 before missing virtually all of 2011-12 after surgeries on his right hip and elbow.  He was San Francisco’s first round selection (22nd overall) in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

The Indians are also reportedly still looking at right-handed reliever Luis Ayala who pitched with the Braves last season.

User Comments

January 24, 2014 - 11:43 PM EST
I like this signing a lot, wouldn't be surprised at all if he becomes a regular in the pen.
January 24, 2014 - 5:42 PM EST
I guess Kazmir and Giambi were part of the bum class of 13. It worked out well for the Indians. There nothing wrong to sign these type of players and see what sticks. Sometimes you do find gold. For some reason the Indians have had success in resurrecting players careers.
January 24, 2014 - 9:49 AM EST
You have got to be kidding me... Stop picking up these bums and start making some real moves. That's the only way we will build on from last years performance.
January 23, 2014 - 10:50 PM EST
David is a local boy (Marin County) and he used to throw 98-99 although control was never great. I have not seen him pitch live since UCL repair, so can't speak to his velocity or slider break. He was pretty scary 10 years ago, worth an invite. Big kid, Joe Nathan type body, let's see if he has the Nathan mindset.

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