The Indians signed free-agent right-handed pitcher David Aardsma to a minor-league contract today with a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training camp.
Aardsma, 32, spent most of last season as a reliever for the New York Mets, compiling a 2-2 record with a 4.31 ERA in 43 appearances. In 39 2/3 innings, he allowed 39 hits, walked 19 and struck out 36. The Denver native also stranded all 19 of the runners he inherited (which marked the best ratio in the majors) and allowed just one run over his final nine outings of the season spanning seven innings. Aardsma attended spring training with the New York Yankees and spent April in the Miami Marlins organization before latching on with the Mets in May.
Over his big league career, the Rice University product has averaged 8.96 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with 69 saves and a 4.23 ERA over 298 relief appearances since he made his debute with San Francisco in 2004. Aardsma was the Giants first-round selection (22nd overall) in the 2003 draft. All of Aardsma’s saves came as the Seattle Mariners closer in 2009 and 2010. He missed nearly all of 2011 and ‘12 following surgeries on his right hip and elbow.