Indians sign David Aardsma to a minor league deal
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.