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Cardinals sign reliever Aardsma

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The St. Louis Cardinals signed free agent right-handed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league contract on Wednesday and he later joined the team's spring training camp in Jupiter, Fla.

Aardsma, 32, was released from his non-roster invite by the Cleveland Indians on Friday after going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six Cactus League appearances, striking out five with no walks, in his six innings pitched.

Aardsma has posted a career mark of 15-17 with a 4.23 ERA in 298 career games while converting 69 saves. He saved 38 games for the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and followed that up with 31 saves in 2010.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Aardsma was the San Francisco Giants' first-round draft pick (22nd player overall) in 2003 out of Rice.

His big league career has included stops with the San Francisco Giants (2004), Chicago Cubs (2006), Chicago White Sox (2007), Boston Red Sox (2008), Seattle (2009-10), New York Yankees (2012) and the New York Mets (2013).

Aardsma was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games for the Mets last season, striking out 36 in 39 2/3 innings.

Aardsma missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery.

The Cardinals got their first look at Aardsma later in the day when he was called upon to pitch the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals. He walked the first batter on four pitches and allowed a single before escaping the inning without a run scoring.

"We bring guys in here with the purpose of seeing how they can make our team better," manager Mike Matheny said. "And the only way we can see that is when they get on the mound and show what they have in comparison to others. That's how David is going to fit in with this, and I'm anxious to watch him compete."

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