Former Mets Pitcher Heilman Signs Minor-League Deal With Rangers

Aaron Heilman signed with the Texas Rangers, the pitcher’s sixth Major League Baseball organization since leaving the New York Mets after the 2008 season.

Heilman, 33, agreed on a minor-league contract with the two-time defending American League champions and was assigned to the Rangers’ AAA-affiliate Round Rock Express, the team said today in a statement on its website. The right-hander was released by the Seattle Mariners on April 1.

Heilman spent the first six years of his career with the Mets, first as a starter and later working out of the bullpen. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2009, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and 2011 before minor-league stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of last season, according to the release.

He is 35-46 with 4.40 earned-run average and 16 saves in nine MLB seasons.

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