Mariners Sign Pitchers Aardsma, League and Vargas

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the club has agreed to terms with RHP David Aardsma, RHP Brandon League and LHP Jason Vargas on one-year contracts for the 2011 season. Per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.


By agreeing to terms with the three players, the Mariners have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.


Aardsma, 29, led the Mariners and ranked 7th in the American League last season with 31 saves. In two seasons with the Mariners, the right-hander has recorded 69 saves, 4th-most in club history, and 5th-most among AL closers since the start of ’09. Aardsma was acquired from Boston in exchange for minor league LHP Fabian Williamson on Jan. 20, 2009.


League, 27, went 9-7 with a 3.42 ERA in a club-high 70 appearances last season. He led American League relievers in wins, ranked 2nd in innings (79.0) and T10th in appearances. He has appeared in 137 games over the last two seasons, 6th-most among AL relievers. League was acquired from Toronto along with minor league OF Johermyn Chavez in exchange for RHP Brandon Morrow on Dec. 23, 2009.


Vargas, 27, had a breakthrough year in 2010, setting career-highs in wins (9), innings (192.2), games/starts (31) and strikeouts (116). He went 9-12 with a 3.78 ERA (81 ER, 192.2 IP) with 21 quality starts (T8th in AL). Vargas also had the 3rd-lowest run support among average AL starters (3.46 RPG). He was originally acquired from New York (NL)  on Dec. 10, 2008 in a 12-player trade.