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Diamondbacks cut ties with veteran reliever Aaron Heilman

Jul 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Aaron Heilman was spotted shaking hands with teammates and cleaning out his locker following yesterday’s game, which jibes with the report from Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona that the Diamondbacks will release the veteran right-hander.

Heilman re-signed with the Diamondbacks for a one-year, $2 million deal in the hopes of snagging a rotation spot after years of relieving, but instead he’s been exclusively a reliever again while posting a 6.88 ERA in 35 innings.

Serving up eight homers in 32 appearances has played a big role in Heilman’s struggles and his velocity is also down this season, but his 33/11 K/BB ratio suggests he can still be effective in a low-leverage role. He may have to work his way back to the majors with a minor-league deal at age 32.

  1. thefalcon123 - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    …what I’ll remember most is that first pitch change up.

    Thanks Aaron!

  2. 5thbase - Jul 19, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Nice guy I’m sure, but he isn’t a very good pitcher. I don’t know why he didn’t get released months ago. Some guys have tough luck, but he just gives up really hard hit balls.

    If they replace him on the roster with a Slap-Chop I think they net +2 wins out of the move.

  3. President Miraflores - Jul 19, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Story of Heilman’s career: waiting in vain for someone to put him in the rotation.

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