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The Cardinals sign David Aardsma

Mar 26, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

David Aardsma AP

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract. The Cards’ bullpen is pretty stocked, so he’ll likely serve as organizational depth.

Aardsma was released by the Indians onFriday. Last year he posted a 4.31 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over 43 relief appearances for the Mets.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Hopefully he’ll make it back to the show. Seems like a nice enough guy. Chatted/joked around with some of the fans from the bullpen during a Mets @ Phillies game I went to last season.

  2. tysonpunchinguterus - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    The good news for David Aardsma is tha the has a job. The bad news for David Aardsma is that the photo above exists.

  3. paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Well, the Cardinals are deciding between Butler, Rondon, and MacGregor for the final spot….and they’ve all been pretty horrible…and Maness is already in there, despite the fact that he too has been a disaster this spring.

    • blues1988 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      yeah i wonder what his deal is. hopefully last year wasn’t a fluke or something. i know, it’s only spring training but still, gotta wonder.

    • gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      I haven been following spring training only casually –but doesn’t seenm that Rondon has been a disaster –Don’t believe he has allowed a run.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        He has been walking a lot of guys and he’s been pitching late in games, pretty much facing exclusively AAA level talent.

        Last year he walked as many guys as he struck out….he’s like Cleto with a few fewer HRs.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        He’s given up 9 hits and 5 BB in 9.1 IP.

        Throughout the minors, he’s walked at least 5 guys per 9….he puts a lot of guys on base.

      • forsch31 - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Rondon’s control has been and still is an issue. He has 5 walks and 9 hits allowed in 9 and a third innings, which includes a bad performance against the Marlins yesterday.

        McGregor has been in the competition for only a couple of weeks; he was brought over from the minor league camp when Pat Nesiak had to take a family absence. The key thing to note is that McGregor has stayed even though Nesiak has returned.

      • gibbyfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        yea, now looking at some of the numbers I’m thinking maybe the bullpen isn’t as solid as I thought –hoping it’s just a spring traininig thing and will change when things get started for real…..I guess no matter what we still have at least 3 -4 very solid guys which is more than most teams can say.

    • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      I commented about this in the other Ardsma post, but PL is actually too kind. The non-25 man roster pitchers have been abysmal. Butler and Maness especially. The good news is that most of the guys who have been pitiful weren’t expected to make the squad anyway, but still, look for the Cards’ management to latch on to another cast-off or two, for insurance.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Yeah, well, don’t get use to it (me being to kind, that is).

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        By the way, did you read Fangraphs’ take on the Cards’ hitting approach? Looks like the stats dudes are finally catching up to me. Illuminating stuff. Very well done.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Yeah, I was going to give you the link, but saw that you posted under the article.

        I think the “stat dudes” in general are aware of these facts and know that different batted ball profiles will have different BABIP…but hit F/X data are not public, so models that use BABIP on sites like FG don’t get the kind of resolution that was used by Blengino….pretty much all they get is GB, FB, LD, and IFF…nothing about “quality of contact”.

        Because teams can buy that data (or may get it “free”) from the new MLBAM technology since MLB paid to develop it, I’m sure teams have a way better handle on “luck” vs. skill associated with particular players than the guys that don’t have access to the data.

        It was a fantastic article…but then, I’m biased.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Agree completely. The accuracy of BABIP has been a pet peeve of mine for a while, but then you know that. The new MLBAM technology should be an asset, but they still have to get guys who “read” the technology in sync, another issue in the past. But the improvements are huge to me, and make much more persuasive arguments.

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        It would be great if the data is available publicly so that people that write online can use it to inform analyses and such. I haven’t seen anything about whether or not the data will be made available or if it will just be for MLB team use and to show cool graphics during broadcasts.

      • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        I would love for it to be available, but I have my doubts. I read somewhere that the data wasn’t going to be as outrageously expensive as one might think, but its hard to believe all that work will come cheap.

  4. bfunk1978 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I love the photo so hard.

  5. jc4455 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Hoo boy. Grab the popcorn. Back when Peralta signed his big contract Aardsma said this:

    Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it? #weneedtomakeachange— David Aardsma (@TheDA53) November 24, 2013

  6. cincinata - Mar 26, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I think this is a good sign for the rest of the division. It seems that the birds are not as certain of their pitching talent as we thought if they are fooling around with a guy like Aardsma. I was reviewing some of the stats yesterday, and I find that Lynn is not doing so hot after all. Also, one would think that Wainwright could have a better record than he has. For short stint appearances in Spring ball, you would believe that his ERA would be a lot lower (for him). Alkso, I saw that Maness (sp) is terrible this Spring and not the DBL play guy he used to be. I think his ERA is about 9.0. These are not what we expected to see from them, and if we can get off to a good start in Cinti, we may have a chance after all. Just Hoping

    • spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Dream on dude. Both Wainwright and Wacha have been outstanding in ST. Don’t know where or what you are reading other than some southern Ohio propaganda. Wainwright 2.04 ERA, with 1 walk, and Wacha 1.76 with 3 walks.

      Kelly, had two tough outings, in the very early going but has been good lately. Lynn has been OK, with one sparkling outing where he struck out 10 in 4.2 innings, including the last eight. Miller has just been OK.

      Of the players you mention the only serious disappointment in Maness who has been awful. But remember he is neither the 7th, 8th or 9th guy. And Martinez is headed for the set-up role after a sterling Spring.

      What is accurate, is the insurance guys, the types you hold in reserve, in case of injury have been pitiful. That is why Aardsma, who was once a Mariner closer was signed. Time to heal and get straightened out, just in case.

      • cincinata - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        You paint a nice picture so far, however Lynn is certainly not “OK”, if one is realistic. Did Lynn win that game where he struck out 10? I will bet after that good performance, he gave up some long balls or lost in some manner. That is his problem, as he is not consistent. You cannot give up 3-5 runs by 5 innings in ST against a lot of minor leaguers. You are correct that Wacha and Wainwright are doing well, however Kelly is; in baseball talk “struggling” and giving up too many runs. When these guys are not able to go the distance (five ings. for ST) they are not ready for the big time. Why your Martinez is not in the starting 5, is beyond me. I am fairly certain we are toast (without some miracle) in Cinti, but Pgh is going to challenge big time for the central and it doesn’t look like a cake walk for the birds.

  7. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Must be reading some southern Ohio propaganda. Wainwright enters today’s game with a 2.04 ERA with 1 walk, Wacha’s is even better, 1.76 with 3 walks. Kelly had a couple of rough starts early but has pitched well in his last 4. Lynn, gave up 3 the other day, but that comes on the heels of a 10 strikeout performance against the Braves, including the last 8. Miller, has just been OK, not torched but not great.

    The only person expected to make the 25 man squad who is struggling is Maness, who has been awful. But remember he isn’t the 7th, 8th, or 9th inning guy, so his struggles aren’t crucial, but a concern. The non-25 man guys have been pitiful though. These are the types you are developing, and lurking in AAA or AA in case of injury. That is what the Aardsma acquisition is about, a guy who they can stash in AAA. It wasn’t so long ago that he closed for the Mariners, before arm trouble. Cards are counting on him healing, and regaining his NW stuff.

    In comparison the Reds, have 3 starters who most likely will start the season on the DL, plus their closer. So basically you have no hope, particularly early, when you face St. Louis 6 of the first 9.

    Just kidding. Good luck in 2014, and I hope all your pitchers heal quickly.

    • cincinata - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      Yes, the Reds pitching is a mess, and our only victory will be on opening day with Cueto. After that, we stink.

      • spudchukar - Mar 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        I know way to much about the game to guarantee any victory. But I will say this, I would much rather be rooting for St. Louis, than Cincinnati.

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