The David Aardsma Question

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This idea mainly stems from the news today that David Aardsma requested his release from the Miami Marlins:

 

 

This also comes on the heels of some pretty bad performances by Shawn Camp and the potential trade of Carlos Marmol right before Matt Garza returns from he minor league rehab assignments.  Of course, Marmol denies anything happened, and really, what was he doing conducting business in an open area in some dude’s apartment building anyway?

 

 

Although, if I were getting booed every day, I’d probably want out of Chicago too.  For the record, I appreciate the insight from Bleacher Nation Brett, he’s just reporting what somebody told him, and the story is weird for a number of reasons including the one I stated above.

Anyway, the idea here is that Matt Garza will likely slot back into the rotation, one of the five current starters (probably Carlos Villanueva) will go into the bullpen, which means that someone will have to be dropped.  I don’t think it’s going to be Kevin Gregg (our closer, wheeeeee) or James Russell.  It certainly won’t be Kyuji Fujikawa.  Hector Rondon must remain on the roster for Rule 5 purposes, Michael Bowden is out of options.  Currently there is one slot open on the 40-man roster.  However, that won’t help the bullpen situation and it also won’t help with Aardsma (or someone else) who wants a major league deal rather than consenting to being stashed in Iowa.

The current idea I have is to designate Camp for assignment, trade Marmol for a PTBNL, and sign Aardsma.  Camp and Marmol are sunk costs, but Aardsma is still young and doesn’t seem to get hit as hard over his career.  And though he wants a major league job, it’d be just for the prorated minimum salary at this point in my view.  It’s really convoluted, and maybe that’s why I’m not a general manager.  But I think Aardsma would be a good pickup.

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