Blue Jays Sign Veteran Reliever David Aardsma to MiLB Deal

According to a Blue Jays press release, the Blue Jays have signed veteran pitcher David Aardsma to a minor league contract.

 

The Toronto Blue Jays appear to be in a full on pitching depth addition mode. Late Thursday they added Gavin Floyd and today agreed to a MiLB contract with David Aardsma which includes an invite to MLB spring training.

Aardsma has spent parts of 9 years in the Major League Baseball with 8 teams, his latest stop being in Atlanta’s thinned out bullpen in 2015. The, 34-year-old, had his most successful seasons with Seattle in 2009-10 where he posted a combined 69 saves with a 2.90 ERA, 3.44 FIP, 1.165 WHIP and 129K over 121 IP.  The Denver native has always had an impressive strikeout rate, shown by his 9.1 K/9 rate over his career. A mark he bested in Atlanta with a 10.3 K/9 over 30.2 innings. While missing bats has never been an issue for the veteran, he has battled to stay on the field at moments during his career. Undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip in late 2010, and UCL replacement surgery in 2011 caused him to miss significant time.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP ER HR ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2004 22 SFG 1 0 6.75 11 0 10.2 8 1 67 6.71 2.813 16.9 0.8 8.4 4.2 0.50
2006 24 CHC 3 0 4.08 45 0 53.0 24 9 114 5.15 1.302 7.0 1.5 4.8 8.3 1.75
2007 25 CHW 2 1 6.40 25 0 32.1 23 4 74 4.29 1.732 10.9 1.1 4.7 10.0 2.12
2008 26 BOS 4 2 5.55 47 0 48.2 30 4 84 4.65 1.726 9.1 0.7 6.5 9.1 1.40
2009 27 SEA 3 6 2.52 73 38 71.1 20 4 169 3.01 1.164 6.2 0.5 4.3 10.1 2.35
2010 28 SEA 0 6 3.44 53 31 49.2 19 5 115 4.05 1.168 6.0 0.9 4.5 8.9 1.96
2012 30 NYY 0 0 9.00 1 0 1.0 1 1 64 17.10 2.000 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 1.00
2013 31 NYM 2 2 4.31 43 0 39.2 19 7 83 5.27 1.462 8.8 1.6 4.3 8.2 1.89
2015 33 ATL 1 1 4.70 33 0 30.2 16 6 81 4.86 1.272 7.3 1.8 4.1 10.3 2.50
9 Yrs 16 18 4.27 331 69 337.0 160 41 100 4.45 1.421 7.9 1.1 4.9 9.1 1.86

Aardsma, will look to work his way into an already strong bullpen that is already fortified by Drew Storen, Roberto Osuna and Brett Cecil. Along with the possibilities that include  Aaron Sanchez, Jesse Chavez and Drew Hutchison, of which only one will earn the final spot in the five-man rotation when the Blue Jays break camp. Other candidates include Aaron Loup and right-handers Bo Schultz, Ryan Tepera and the embattled Steve Delabar.

If the veteran can show something during spring training, it would be more than likely he would move north with the team, while those with minor league options remaining would go back to Triple-A, Buffalo. With the latest additions one thing certain is the competition to make the MLB roster for April, will be exceptional.

 

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