The Cardinals have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch; a Cardinal executive also confirmed the signing. Aardsma, a righty, was released by the Indians on Friday.
Aardsma is expected to be the 7th inning guy for the Cardinals; the team is worried about Seth Maness's struggles this spring and the club is looking to add a little depth. The team will need to make another move if they decide to put Aardsma on the 40-man roster; they currently have a full roster. The leading candidate to be outrighted would be Joey Butler.
Aardsma has bounced around the league; after debuting in 2004 with the San Francisco Giants, he’s played for the Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Mariners, Yankees and Mets. In 2009 and 2010, he was the Mariners’ closer, notching 38 and 31 saves before injuries derailed his career.
The 32 year old pitched in 6 games this spring, allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs to 5 strike outs. He was released due to a retention bonus the Indians would have had to pay him as an Article XX(B) free agent. John Vuch of the Cardinals told me this morning that Aardsman "seemed to be throwing better this spring than in the prior year, so we're optimistic he's headed the right way."
He owns a career ERA of 4.23 with a 9.0 K/9 and 1.8 K/BB.
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