Having dropped through waivers the veteran right hander claimed free agency as opposed to dropping into the Mariners farm system.
Aardsma was originally drafted in 2003 by the San Fransico Giants in the first round. He made a quick leap from single a to the majors. In his debut he surpassed a record held by non other than Hank Aaron, as the first entry in the baseball encyclopedia. Aardsma was bounced around through several teams before landing in Seattle where he was developed into a closer for the Mariners.
Aardsma who has struggled in the past took to the closing position well posting 69 saves in 2009-2010.
Nicknamed “lights out” Aardsma was left out in 2011 due to a hip surgery in the off season and then injuring his arm while in rehabilitation to return from the disabled list. Aardsma isn’t expected to be able to pitch again until at least June 2012.
In the mean time the M’s have developed some new closing talent in the Hawaiian native Brandon League.
This move will free up a roster spot for the Mariners with the possibility to resign him from the free agent market later in the season.
Aardsma has indicated that he would be interested in playing for the Mariners again in the future, but is excited to see what opportunities are ahead of him in the MLB.