Mets sign RHP David Aardsma to minor league deal

BY foxsports • May 20, 2013

The New York Mets have signed right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract and assigned him Triple-A Las Vegas.

The former Seattle Mariners closer signed with New York on Monday after opting out of his minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He was 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA for Triple-A New Orleans.

The 31-year-old Aardsma missed all of 2011 when he had offseason hip surgery and then an elbow ligament replacement operation that July.

Aardsma signed with the Yankees before last season and made one appearance. He was cut on March 29. A 2003 first-round pick by San Francisco, Aardsma saved a combined 69 games for the Mariners in 2009-10. Overall, Aardsma is 13-15 with 69 saves and a 4.22 ERA in 255 games.

The Mets' bullpen has a 4.77 ERA, 29th in the major leagues.