Mets Sign Reliever David Aardsma to Minor League Deal

By Danny Abriano

Per the Mets, the team has signed right handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal.  He’ll report to AAA Las Vegas.

Feb 19, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher David Aardsma throws during spring training at Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Aardsma, 31, underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2011 and has been bouncing around ever since.  He was with the Yankees last year, but only appeared in one game.  He opened this season in the Marlins organization before recently requesting and receiving his release.

In 2009 and 2010, Aardsma combined to save 69 games for Seattle.  He had a 2.52 ERA in 2009, and an ERA of 3.44 in 2010 (his WHIP was 1.16 both years).  Over 255 games in his seven year career, Aardsma has a 4.22 ERA and 1.43 WHIP  He’s averaged 9.1 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched, but has had problems with his control over the course of his career (averaging 5.1 walks per 9).

With Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia on the disabled list, Frank Francisco dealing with a plethora of maladies, and Robert Carson getting shelled pretty much every time he takes the mound, Aardsma may wind up on the major league roster sooner rather than later.  Still, he’ll have to prove that he’s healthy – something he certainly hasn’t done over the last two plus years.

You can follow Aardsma on Twitter @TheDA53.

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