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Cardinals Sign Reliever David Aardsma

WGIL Newsroom . State Sports 106

St Louis CardinalsJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract, hoping the veteran can fill the team’s final bullpen spot.

The Cardinals made the move Wednesday. Aardsma began this spring with Cleveland.

The 32-year-old Aardsma likely leaps to the front of a list of candidates that includes Kevin Butler, Scott McGregor and Jorge Rondon.

Aardsma is 23-15 with 69 saves and a 4.23 ERA in a seven-year major league career. The righty was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games for the Mets last year after missing almost two seasons with injuries.

Aardsma joins shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the Cardinals’ clubhouse. After Peralta finished a 50-game drug suspension last year with Detroit and later signed a $53 million, four-year deal as a free agent with St. Louis, Aardsma tweeted: “Apparently getting suspended for PED’s means you get a raise. What’s stopping anyone from doing it?”