Diamondbacks, Joe Saunders Agree To One-Year Deal

The Arizona Diamondbacks had interest in retaining the services of Joe Saunders, eater of innings, but they couldn't come to an agreement before the non-tender deadline. The Diamondbacks declined to offer Saunders arbitration, fearing that he'd get upwards of $7 million. But it wasn't a true breakup -- they were just allowed to see other people, teams, and/or options, and now they're back together. From Steve Henson:

Joe Saunders has agreed to terms w Dbacks on a 1-yr deal.

Saunders will rejoin a revamped rotation that has the same guys as before (Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, and Josh Collmenter) as well as a shiny new addition (Trevor Cahill). As a #5 starter, Saunders should do just fine, and his willingness to sign a one-year deal will allow the Diamondbacks the freedom to introduce their stable of awesome pitching prospects at their own pace.

Saunders came over to the Diamondbacks in the Dan Haren trade in 2010, and in 294 innings for Arizona, he has a 3.85 ERA (105 ERA+).

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