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David Aardsma retires, joins Blue Jays front office

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David Aardsma announced that he’s retiring from baseball and joining the Blue Jays as coordinator of player development.

A formality, of course, given that Aardsma has not pitched in the majors since his 2015 stint with Atlanta. He’s somehow still only 36 year-old, though.

At one time he was pretty good. He had a nice stint as the Mariners’ closer in which he saved 69 games from 2009-2010. Beyond that he served in middle relief roles for the Giants, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Yankees, Mets and Braves. He finishes his career with a record of 16-18 with 4.27 ERA and 340/183 K/BB ratio over 337 innings in 331 games.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”