Diamondbacks Trade Joe Saunders To Orioles

August 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Joe Saunders (34) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded LHP Joe Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for right-hander Matt Lindstrom, cash considerations and a player to be named later, the Diamondbacks announced Sunday.

Saunders cleared waivers on Friday when the Orioles first showed interest in picking him up. But instead of posting a waiver claim, the O's took the trade route, finalizing the deal Sunday to send Saunders from one Wild Card contender to another.

The 31-year old Saunders has a 6-10 record with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona this year, posting a 6.2 K/9 ratio along with 146 hits allowed in 130 innings pitched. He is owed around $1.5 million for the remainder of the 2012 season.

For more on the Orioles, make sure to check out Camden Chat. Diamondbacks fan? We got you covered over at AZ Snake Pit. For more on the league in general head over to Baseball Nation.

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