Posted October 31, 2011 on AP on Fox
The Seattle Mariners have released former closer David Aardsma after Aardsma declined to be outrighted and became a free agent. The Mariners also removed center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and catcher Adam Moore from the 60-day disabled list on Monday. Right-handed reliever Jeff Gray was also claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Aardsma did not pitch in the majors during the 2011 season. He had offseason surgery to repair a labrum tear in his left hip, then suffered an arm injury and had Tommy John surgery in July. He recorded 69 saves in two seasons with the Mariners, fourth-most in club history. Gutierrez played in 92 games and hit .224, while Moore missed most of the year after suffering a knee injury in April.

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Twins Claim Jeff Gray

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Hultzen, Franklin in AFL Rising Stars Game

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Mariners release former closer Aardsma

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Twins claim a pair of pitchers off waivers

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Ex-Mariners closer David Aardsma becomes a free agent

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Twins claim 2 pitchers off waivers

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