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M's David Aardsma becomes Free Agent

BaseballSeattle MarinersChicago White SoxDavid AardsmaChicago CubsMinnesota TwinsFranklin Gutierrez

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced the following roster moves:


  • OF Franklin Gutierrez removed from 60-day disabled list.
  • C Adam Moore removed from 60-day disabled list.
  • RHP David Aardsma outrighted and opted to become a free agent.
  • RHP Jeff Gray claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.


With these roster moves, the Mariners 40-man roster is now at 37 (Aardsma was on 60-day DL). The Mariners (as well as all other Major League teams) can sign Aardsma during the free agency period.


Gutierrez, 28, was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a strained left oblique on Sept. 6th. In 92 games with the Mariners this season he hit .224 (72x322) with 13 doubles, 1 home run and 19 RBI. Gutierrez missed the first 41 games of the season while on the disabled list with stomach gastritis. The 2010 Gold Glove winner is the current American League record holder with 786 consecutive errorless chances in center field.


Moore, 27, was placed on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to April 7, with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee on April 8. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on April 12. Moore appeared in two games with Seattle this season and was 1-for-6 (.167) with a double. Moore is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Javelinas.


Aardsma, 29, did not pitch at the Major League level in 2011 recovering from a pair of injuries. He had surgery on Jan. 3, 2011 to repair a tear in the labrum of his left hip, and also had ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) replacement surgery (Tommy John) on his right elbow on July 22 (performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum). In two seasons with the Mariners, Aardsma combined to record 69 saves, 4th-most in club history.


Gray, 29 (turns 30 Nov. 19), appeared in 24 games for the Mariners in 2011, going 0-1 with one save and a 4.89 ERA (19 ER, 35.0 IP). He was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on May 13. In parts of four Major Leagues seasons with the A’s (2008-09), Cubs (2010), White Sox (2011) and Mariners (2011), Gray has combined to go 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in 66 relief appearances.


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