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Heilman set to become first-time free agent

Heilman set to become first-time free agent

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' most consistent relief pitcher in their oft-beleaguered bullpen will soon be a free agent for the first time.

Right-hander Aaron Heilman (4-4, 3.83 ERA) will officially surpass the necessary six years of service time when Arizona stops playing baseball in early October. He said his agent has not engaged in exploratory talks with the D-backs' front office regarding a future contract.

"It's a good organization, and I have certainly enjoyed my time here," Heilman said before Saturday's game with the Rockies. "Whether I'll be back or not, I don't know. I'm not going to try to predict how everything will play out."


Heilman, who arrived from the Cubs in exchange for two Minor Leaguers a week after his 31st birthday last November, will make a total of $2.15 million in salary this season. He will likely see a significant bump in that number given his strong campaign in 2010.