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Aaron Heilman will decline arbitration, may give starting a try

Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that Heilman will decline the offer and look to sign elsewhere after making $2.15 million in 2010.

Rosenthal also notes that Heilman is “drawing interest as a starter” after being exclusively a reliever for the past five seasons.

Heilman was a standout starter at Notre Dame, made 73 of his 76 minor-league appearances as a starter, and started 25 games for the Mets before shifting to the bullpen full time in 2005.

He’s never been an elite reliever and has a solid three-pitch arsenal that is somewhat wasted in one-inning relief outings, so the move would make some sense. Rosenthal speculates that Heilman could sign a one-year deal with a team willing to let him compete for a rotation spot and then hit the open market again next offseason after hopefully establishing himself as a viable starter.

  1. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    The Mets tried him as a starter a while back, and he looked decent. They didn’t stretch him out enough before throwing him in there, and I think he got tired a lot and a bit sloppy. But he’s got good stuff. I’d take a flier on him. Reminds me of Todd Stottlemyre, who was certainly a serviceable starter.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 1, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    His 2003-2004 starting numbers are pretty cruddy, but if I were him, as mediocre as his career’s been, and in a weak SP market, I’d try it too.

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