For various reasons there’s been plenty of movement within the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen this season as 14 different relievers have spent time with the Dodgers since Opening Day.
However, one relief pitcher who didn’t reach the Majors was David Aardsma. And as a result, he’s elected to opt out of his Minor-Leauge contract, according to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors:
I'm told that David Aardsma has exercised his opt-out clause with the #Dodgers and is now a free agent.
— Steve Adams (@Adams_Steve) June 4, 2015
Aardsma signed with the Dodgers just before Spring Training began. He was considered a long shot to make the Opening Day roster even with Kenley Jansen sidelined and the Dodgers needing extra bullpen help. In his deal, the Dodgers included a June 1 opt-out clause which would require the team to make him a part of the 25-man roster within three days.
As Thursday came around, Aardsma wasn’t with the Dodgers and now finds himself looking for work elsewhere. He spent time with Triple-A Oklahoma City before his departure, appearing in 20 games and throwing 18.2 innings with a 2.41 ERA and 15 saves.
The last time Aardsma reached the Majors was in 2013 as member of the the New York Mets. He spent the 2014 season with the St. Louis Cardinals organization after being released by the Cleveland Indians. Aardsma previously found success with the Seattle Mariners in 2009 and 2010. However, a Tommy John surgery caused his career to take an unexpected turn.