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St. Louis Cardinals Sign David Aardsma to Minor League Deal

It has been reported that the St. Louis Cardinals have signed right-handed relief pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract.  Aardsma has been in the big leagues for 8 seasons and has split that time between seven clubs.  He spent this spring training with the Cleveland Indians before being released this past Friday.  Aardsma has a career ERA of 4.23.  He was used primarily as a closer during his time with the Seattle Mariners where he racked up 69 saves.  He owns a 1.8 strikeout to walk ratio.  Aardsma began his career with the San Francisco Giants where Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny was his catcher.

This may be a similar situation as with Pat Neshek, where the Cardinals have added a non-roster reliever to the active roster.  However, since the Cardinals have not been able to see much from Aardsma this spring, I highly doubt he breaks camp with the major league club.  He will likely spend some time in AAA Memphis as the Cardinals evaluate him.  Personally I was hoping the Cardinals would sign a long reliever.  Aardsma does not fit that bill as he has only pitched 306.1 innings in 298 appearances.  This signing does provide some proven depth if any injuries do occur.


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