JUPITER, Fla., March 26, 2014 - The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract and he will join the Cardinals Major League Spring Training camp today. Aardsma, 32, was released from his non-roster invite by the Cleveland Indians late last week after going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six Cactus League appearances, fanning five, while walking none, in his 6.0 innings pitched.
Aardsma has posted a career mark of 15-17 with a 4.23 ERA in 298 career games while converting 69 saves. He rescued 38 games (4th in A.L.) for the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and followed that up with 31 saves for the M's in 2010.
The 6-3, 205-pound Aardsma was the San Francisco Giants 1st round draft pick (22nd player overall) in 2003 out of Rice University after leading the Owls to their first National Championship. His big league career has included stops with San Francisco (2004), Chicago Cubs (2006), Chicago White Sox (2007), Boston (2008), Seattle (2009-10), New York Yankees (2012), and the New York Mets (2013). Aardsma was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games for the Mets last season, fanning 36 batters in 39.2 innings pitched.
Aardsma, who missed the 2011 season while recovering from "Tommy John" elbow surgery, owns a career 9.0 strikeouts/9 innings pitched ratio (305 strikeouts/306.1 innings pitched). The Colorado native is the first player listed alphabetically amongst all players in Major League history.
Aardsma has been assigned uniform no. 53.