Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/11/14

05 March 2009: Aaron Heilman (47) RH Pitcher Chicago Cubs MLB National League was the started in a pre-season exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, NV. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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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.

Per hardballtalk.nbcsports.com

Quote: 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

Position: Pitcher
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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