Mad Em-Dashes is a St. Louis Cardinals blog by Dan Moore that does not want to waste your time. 

David Aardsma’s brief stint as David Aardsma

I've been in Japan for the last week or so, singing Hall and Oates and anime theme songs at karaoke with my coworkers, so I missed the brunt of what was undoubtedly a media hurricane after the Cardinals signed David Aardsma to be the last-guy-in-the-bullpen-maybe. But the only thing that really struck me after I finally got home was just how briefly he was David Aardsma in the first place.

It's hard to think of a more perfectly condensed relief career than the one he's had so far: Four years as an unsuccessful, intermittently tantalizing prospect, one year as a relief ace, one more year as a faltering relief ace, and then three years in the wilderness.

See also: Fernando Salas.