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Joe Saunders returning to Diamondbacks

Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:00 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 6:02 pm
Joe Saunders

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Left-hander Joe Saunders is returning to the Diamondbacks, signing a one-year deal worth $6 million, according to Insider Jon Heyman.


The Diamondbacks non-tendered Saunders last month, but the 30-year-old decided to return to the team. The Orioles, Tigers and Marlins had been rumored to have interest in Saunders before he re-signed with Arizona.

Saunders was 12-13 with a 3.69 in 33 starts last season. He struck out 108 batters in 212 innings, walking 67. He lasted just three innings in his Game 4 start against the Brewers in the NLDS, but Arizona put up a big lead and went on to win the game, although reliever Micah Owings picked up the win.

In seven seasons, Saunders is 69-52 with a 4.16 ERA in 161 starts with the Diamondbacks and Angels.

The Diamondbacks added right-hander Trevor Cahill in a trade with Oakland that made Saunders appear expendable, but instead he's coming back, adding depth to the team's starting rotation.

Now with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Cahill, Saunders and Josh Collmenter, Arizona has one of the deepest rotations in the National League. If Collmenter suffers from a sophomore slump, the team could even call up right-hander Trevor Bauer, the third pick in the 2011 draft.

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Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:52 pm

Joe Saunders returning to Diamondbacks

Joe Saunders is one guy I wish the Yankees would have pursued.  He's inexpensive @6mil a year and with the run support the Yankees provide 15 wins or more is not out of the question.  The Yankees are short on LH pitching all around and at 30 he knows how to pitch.  A tweak here or there from Larry Rothschild particularily his BB allowed and the Yankees have a dominate pitching staff.  The guy is an innings horse that can take you deep into the game and with the RP in the Yankees bull pen that spells bad news for the AL.  Arizona is on the upswing here with Colorado the only preseason favorite I have in the NL West.  Smart move to stay by Saunders, why languish in Baltimore, Detroit or the Miami sub-tropics? 

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 7:03 pm

Joe Saunders returning to Diamondbacks

It seems like a good move all around.  AZ geta a solid, reliable back of the rotation starter and they are not locked in for a ton of money or a long term contract.  Saunders gets to proved last year wasn't a fluke and make more money in free agency next year.  

If he strikes out a few more batters this year, walks a few less, and maintains an ERA under 3.75 then he should be in line for a decent long term deal.  My bet is that he basically repeats what he did last year, which isn't bad.  

Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 12:41 pm

Joe Saunders returning to Diamondbacks

How does Saunders get a one year deal when Edwin Jackson is looking for $15 million a season on a multiyear contract? Boogles the mind.

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