Hip Surgery For Aardsma
Well, if you were wondering why the Mariners haven’t traded David Aardmsa yet, here’s one possible explanation – they announced today that he needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Of the two labrums you don’t want a pitcher to injure, this one’s better than the shoulder, obviously, but it’s still going to nuke his trade value for the rest of the winter. The recovery timetable should allow him to be ready sometime during Spring Training if all goes well, but he’s going to have to throw well in Peoria before any team would even consider making an offer for him.
This has a few repercussions for the team.
1. They’re basically out of money now. The only way they were going to be able to add another significant free agent was to move Aardsma and use the money that would have gone his way to sign someone else, but now that he’s going to be on the books to begin the season, they don’t have much budget flexibility left. You can probably kiss guys like Jeff Francis or Kevin Millwood goodbye – they might be able to still get in on Chris Capuano, but it’s going to be all bargain shopping for the rest of the winter.
2. Aardsma’s probably going to be here until the summer. Even if he recovers and is ready to begin the season, most teams will have given their ninth inning job to someone else, and the M’s will have to wait for another team’s closer to either get hurt or struggle before a market develops for his services. The earliest you’re probably looking at a possible deal for Aardsma is June, and that’s only if he’s pitching well at the beginning of the year.
This is obviously a blow to the organization. Even if they end up moving Aardsma this summer, the opportunity cost of being out of money this winter presents a loss, and now there’s increased odds that Aardsma will have diminished trade value at the deadline. It’s not the end of the world, but this is not good news.