Found January 10, 2012 on
NorthWest Sports Beat:
Prince Fielder signed...No just joking
The M's announced today that they've signed Aaron Heilman to a minjor league deal and he's invited to spring training with the major league club.
Yes folks. He's coming to camp.
He's competing for a backup position, but trust me Mariners fans I know this isn't the signing you wanted to hear about.
Aaron Heilman had an ugly 6.88 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season, so not surprisingly he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s signed with the Mariners.
After being released by the Diamondbacks in mid-July he latched on with the Pirates and then the Pirates, but failed to make it back to the majors.
Prior to imploding last season he had a 4.50 ERA and 55/26 K/BB ratio in 72 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2010 and that’s probably Heilman’s remaining upside at age 33.
Aaron Michael Heilman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 230 lb.
Born: November 12, 1978 in Logansport, IN (Age 33)
High School: Logansport (Logansport, IN)
School: University of Notre Dame
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2001 amateur draft.
Signed July 17, 2001.
Debut: June 26, 2003
Teams: Mets/Diamondbacks/Cubs 2003-2011
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The Mariners have agreed to sign Aaron Heilman to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweets. Frontline represents the 33-year-old right-hander.
Heilman spent the first half of the 2011 campaign with the Diamondbacks, who released him in July after he posted a 6.88 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and a 28.5% ground ball...
The Washington Nationals didn't place a bid to purchase the rights Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish this offseason, but he may be the leading factor blocking Prince Fielder's arrival in DC. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that Darvish and the Texas Rangers, the team that won exclusive negotiating rights to his contract, are not close to a deal.
The Rangers paid a ...
While you're sitting around waiting for Prince Fielder news, enjoy the photo above, moments after Michael Morse apparently went Beast Mode on skee ball or some such game at his local Dave And Busters-type restaurant? Photo via Michael Morse's Facebook page.
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