David Aardsma was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he failed to secure a bullpen spot on the Opening Day roster, but it didn’t take him long to latch on with a new organization.
Aardsma broke the news on his Twitter account this afternoon that he has reached an agreement with the Marlins. ESPN’s Buster Olney confirms that it’s a minor league contract.
Health has been the biggest issue for Aardsma recently, as he missed all of 2011 with a hip injury and Tommy John surgery and was limited to just one appearance with the Yankees last season. However, the 31-year-old right-hander saved 69 games for the Mariners between 2009-2010 while posting a 2.90 ERA in 126 appearances, so it’s a worth a shot to see if he can get back to his old form. He’ll pitch with Triple-A New Orleans for now.
Steven Matz underwent season-ending surgery on his left elbow today. The procedure was to reposition a compressed nerve in his elbow.
Matz, 26, has struggled over 13 starts, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 48/19 K/BB ratio in 66.2 innings. That line was, obviously, a function of the bum nerve in the bum elbow. Trouble aside, Matz is expected to be ready for Opening Day in 2018.
Back in April the Mariners designated outfielder Leonys Martin for assignment. He cleared waivers, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Tacoma and proceeded to hit .312/.352/.506 in 84 minor league games, leading to the Mariners calling him up on July 30.
In 19 games since then he’s hit a bit better than he did back in April, but not great: .230/.266/.426. So they just designated him for assignment again. The Rainers only have six more games this season, so he’s likely not going back there. Given that he’s arbitration eligible and the M’s are unlikely to tender him a contract, he’s likely to elect free agency once he clears waivers. Which he will, because he’s making nearly $5 million this year.
Odd year for Martin, who will likely be competing for a roster spot someplace next spring.