Indians Release David Aardsma

The Indians have granted right-hander David Aardsma his release, tweets's Jordan Bastian. Aardsma asked for his release after being informed that he would not make the big league bullpen, according to Bastian.

The 32-year-old Aardsma returned from a lengthy Major League disappearance to fire 39 2/3 innings of 4.31 ERA ball for the Mets last season. Prior to that stint, Aardsma had thrown just one inning from 2011-12 as he battled back from Tommy John surgery. In New York, he averaged 8.2 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 but posted a low (even by his standards) 32.8 percent ground-ball rate.

Aardsma doesn't have the zip he had prior to Tommy John, when he averaged better than 94 mph on his fastball with regularity. He checked in at an average of 91.2 mph last season but still posted a strong 11.7 swinging-strike rate. Aardsma stranded 80.5 percent of his baserunners last season — a mark he is unlikely to repeat — but also was plagued by a 14.6 percent homer-to-flyball ratio, which figures to come down (his career mark is 9.5 percent). For what it's worth, Aardsma has had a strong Spring Training, yielding two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in six innings of work.

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4 Comments on "Indians Release David Aardsma"

1 year 5 months ago

Tigers should pick him up

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1 year 5 months ago

There should be a market for him pretty soon. He will never be a late inning guy again, but he can contribute to somebody somewhere.

1 year 5 months ago

One wicked splitter, or he did have at one time. Not watched him hardly at all since he hurt his arm with Seattle. He threw it pretty hard also.

1 year 5 months ago

He was pretty decent with the Mets, until they started using him every other day and late in the game.