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Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

Joe Saunders AP

Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that.

Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports that Saunders has re-signed with the Diamondbacks for an undisclosed one-year deal.

Saunders reportedly countered Arizona’s two-year, $12 million offer with a three-year, $27 million proposal, revealing to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that they “never countered back.”

Early in his career Saunders was overrated by nice-looking win-loss records, but he’s basically a typical mid-rotation starter with a 4.16 career ERA and weak secondary numbers, including a 3.69 ERA and 108/67 K/BB ratio in 212 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.

And it looks like he almost surely cost himself some money by turning down the Diamondbacks’ initial offer.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman of says it’s a one-year, $6 million deal, so Saunders definitely overplayed his hand.

  1. trevorb06 - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I hope all my future male children turn out to be left handed. I’ll start them at a young age to be lefty. #sarcasm

  2. jwbiii - Jan 17, 2012 at 4:57 PM

  3. mschempp - Jan 17, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Isn’t Saunders just settling for the Diamondbacks level (instead of leaving money on the table)? If he believes he’s worth more than $6M per, he has a year to prove it. Sign for 1 year/$8 next year, and he wins.

    • jwbiii - Jan 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      This way Saunders assumes the risks of injury or poor performance, but also reaps the rewards of good performance. A two year deal splits the risks and rewards.

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