Heilman Signs With The Mariners

An article by posted on January 10, 2012

Free Agent right-handed reliever Aaron Heilman signed a Minor League deal with Seattle on Tuesday and will get a shot in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

The former MetĀ Heilman was initially shipped to Seattle in the three team, 12 player trade that landed the Mets J.J. Putz before the 2009 season.

Heilman, 33, has been one of baseball’s most durable bullpen men over the past six years. He appeared in 70 or more games each season from 2006-10 while with the Mets, Cubs and D-backs and figures to get a good shot as a veteran reliever with the young Mariners bullpen.

In nine years in the Majors, he has a 35-46 record with a 4.40 ERA and 16 saves in 477 appearances.

Heilman’s best season was in ’07 with the Mets when he went 7-7 with a 3.03 ERA and 1.070 WHIP in 86 innings over a career-high 81 appearances.

His lowest moment also came with the Mets when he served up the game-winning two-run home run to Yadier Molina in game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.

The top of the ninth. After Heilman struck out Jim Edmonds to begin the inning, he allowed Scott Rolen to reach with a single to left field. And then Shea Stadium fell silent when Heilman hung a changeup to Molina, who deposited the pitch over the left-field wall to give the Cardinals all the runs they needed.

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