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O’s acquire left-hander Joe Saunders from the Diamondbacks for Matt Lindstrom and a PTBNL

Aug 26, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

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As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have acquired lefty starter Joe Saunders in a waiver trade from Arizona. Matt Lindstrom, a right-handed reliever, is headed to the Diamondbacks in return along with a player to be named later.

Saunders passed through waivers on Friday and was at that point eligible to be dealt to any team. The 31-year-old has posted a decent 4.22 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 130 innings this season, but the D’Backs have a number of young arms in their system and did well to land a reliable setup man in their return package from the O’s.

Lindstrom, 32, registered a 2.72 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 36 1/3 innings this year for Baltimore.

Saunders will be eligible for free agency this offseason. He’s earning $6 million in his final year of arbitration.

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    decent pickup for the O’s.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Aug 26, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Couldn’t we have sent Reynolds back instead?

    • psuravens19 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      Who would you put a 1B?

      • dowhatifeellike - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:02 PM


      • psuravens19 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Right, because he is much better defensively than Reynolds at 1B. Got to love fans that don’t know what they are talking about.

    • dowhatifeellike - Aug 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Davis is a better 1B any way you slice the numbers and he’s certainly a better hitter.

      • psuravens19 - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Hitter absolutely, but how can you say he is better at 1B? Don’t you think Buck would have Davis playing 1B with Reynolds DHing, if he was better? But I know you probably know more about baseball than Buck.

      • randomdigits - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        He isn’t a better hitter. Reynolds has a much higher walk rate and P/PA. Reynolds knows the strike zone and has trouble making contact, Davis just has trouble making contact.

  3. youjivinmeturkey - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Joe should have much better luck pitching in Baltimore.
    I Agree, a good pickup for The O’s.

  4. rockthered1286 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I approve. Like Lindstrom a lot but we have a solid BP (minus Gregg) and with Matusz filling the void I can be at peace with this.

    • vmgas - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      gregg has actually been pretty reliable this season. his performance last season was atrocious but he has done very well in nearly every appearance ive seen of him this year

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        He has been a lot better this season then people have given credit for, however, Buck has pretty much been keeping him out of any situation where the game is on the line. Maybe it was just the pressure getting to him.

  5. ravensallday2012 - Aug 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Glad to see the orioles playing meaningful baseball heading into September

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    saunders will get killed in the AL east especially if he is going to start.

    • randomdigits - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Yea cause the Rays, Jays and Sox have great offenses…oh wait they don’t anymore.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        they all have better offenses then what he was facing in the NL, thats not my opinon thats a fact

  7. rockthered1286 - Aug 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Yes. Davis is substantially better than Reynolds in not only 1B defense but all around (avg, hr’s, less E’s, less K’s, etc.). There’s no justification in why we’d keep Reynolds there at all. Please prove me wrong since apparently you’re the ONLY one on the other side of the fence (including analysts, reporters, radio hosts etc.)

    • bmorelikeme - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Actually I would say Reynolds has really found himself at first defensively. He was a total mess at the hot corner, but he’s really settled in across the diamond. I don’t have any stats to back that up, but I basically watch every game and he’s been making alot of solid to good plays over the past month. Where as Davis seems to have the tools, but not the concentration.

  8. ppdoc13 - Aug 26, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Actually Reynolds is a better defensive first base than Davis. Once he settled down, Reynolds has been at least average if not better than average. At his best Davis is mediocre at first base. I like this pickup for the O’s. Duquette and buck have been very busy shuffling the roster with small low risk moderat return type of transactions. Look at the pickup of quinteilla at second base. He is better than andino has been at least respectable with his bat and has allowed andino to go back to the role he is best suited for, that of super sub where he can play almost any position respectably but is not counted upon to play every day. If buck showalter doesn’t win manager of the year in the AL and duque tater doesn’t at least get a sniff as gm of the year, it is a real travesty

  9. makaylasdaddy0906 - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    I’m very excited for this pick up I feel as tho a solid vet arm is what we were missing it’s not a flashy pick up but smart in the sense of eating innings and helping the young arms

  10. cheers4ablumpkin - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM


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