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How David Aardsma spent his two weeks in limbo

Apr 16, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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To the extent we think about relatively minor transactions, we never think about the limbo period. We hear about a guy getting DFA’d and then we next hear when he signs a minor league deal someplace, but we never think of the in between. What he goes through. What his family goes through. The logistics of getting your stuff from one locker room, making or canceling living arrangements and then waiting to find a new job.

Today Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal has a great story in which he followed David Aardsma from the final exhibition game of the spring — after which Aardsma was cut by the New York Yankees — through his two-weeks of waiting and worrying about where his next job would be. Among the many things Aardsma and players in his position do: pretend to be general managers:

Aardsma stayed up on player movement around baseball, noting which other teams cut players, or needed bullpen help. He would talk himself into thinking that this trade could happen, or that one.

“As a player, you start thinking that way, and then you starting thinking that’s a deal they’re going to do—you start playing that GM game,” he said.

“And it never works out. Never. And then someone else picks up the guy you were thinking about, and you get pissed.”

Great story. Part of the game we rarely consider.

  1. paperlions - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I never think about limbo, mostly, of course, because the Catholic Church now says it doesn’t exist. Must have been lonely there for Aardsma, glad he got out.

    • zzalapski - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Even if he ended up on the Marlins?

      • stex52 - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        No, that’s bad. The Catholic Church still says there is hell.

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        So let me understand this, Craig – you’re saying that when he signed a minor league agreement with the Feesh, he was no longer in limbo? Sorry. I have a fifteenth century woodcut of the fourth canto of Dante’s Inferno clearly showing Aardsma sitting on the bank of the Acheron chatting pleasantly with Mike Redmond, the Iron Giant and Aristotle as Dante and Virgil share a Bud Light.

      • KR - Apr 16, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        +10 to Old Gator for the reference to the river Acheron.

        Actually, with Craig’s reference to the Styx this morning in ATH, we’re doing well on “number of underworld river mentions” today. Who wants to work in a Cocytus reference?

      • Old Gator - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Not me. I sat down hard on mine and bruised it once. Hurt for weeks. Evolution sucks.

  2. scoocha - Apr 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Craig only doing this story because it involves the NYY. Even though every team does this to players.

    • stex52 - Apr 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Disagree. Everyone knows that all of the teams DFA players. But I think it’s interesting to know a little bit about how it feels to the players.

      • scoocha - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Give you that point.
        You have to admit Craig’s angst regarding the NYY though. True, midwestern through and through.

  3. jwbiii - Apr 16, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    So basically this

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