Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/17/12
PHOENIX The Diamondbacks continued to rebuild withthe past Tuesday, adding another newold face to the group that will attempt todefend its 2011 NL West championship. With the re-signing of left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year, 6 millioncontract, the D-backs restocked their rotation for a repeat run about six weeksafter it appeared that Saunders time with the team was over. Saunders, who was12-13 with a 3.69 ERA last season, made a 5.25 million in 2011. Saunders was not offered a contract at the early December deadline forarbitration-eligible players, making him a free agent. The D-backs still expressedan interest in having Saunders back, and after he was unable to find a multiyeardeal in the marketplace, he rejoined the D-backs with the one-year deal. Saunders inclusion gives the D-backs perhaps the deepest starting rotation ina division that prides itself on being pitching-heavy. Arizonas rotation appearsat least on a par San Franciscos, which is headed by two-time NL Cy Youngwinter Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. Four of the D-backs five projected starters Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson,Trevor Cahill and Saunders have thrown at least 200 innings in a season, withKennedy (222), Hudson (222), Cahill (207 23) and Saunders (212) all reachingcareer highs in 2011. Josh Collmenter, the other starter, pitched 154 13innings in his rookie season after joining the rotation in May.Plus, Kennedy finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Awardballoting last season. Saunders is the sixth free agent the D-backs have re-signed, joining AaronHill, Willie Bloomquist, Henry Blanco, Lyle Overbay and John McDonald. All werecontributors to the D-backs 29-game turnaround to 94-68. The newcomers are left fielder Jason Kubel, Cahill and setup men Takashi Saitoand Craig Breslow. The addition of Saunders takes any pressure off the D-backs to rush any oftheir top pitching prospects. Wade Miley, who made eight starts down thestretch last season, was penciled in as the No. 5 starter, but it was expectedthat Tyler Skaggs, Trevor Bauer, Patrick Corbin and Charles Brewer would begiven an opportunity to win that spot. Miley was the only one of that group who had pitched above the Double A level,but Saunders re-signing makes it appear the D-backs are content to let theiryoung pitchers take all the time they need. If any of the young cadre breaksout next season, the D-backs could move a veteran pitcher Saunders, forexample to acquire a piece down the stretch. The D-backs traded Kelly Johnsonfor Hill and McDonald in August, a deal that helped take the D-backs over thetop. Saunders recovered from an 0-5 start last season to post solid numbers. He made12 consecutive appearances of at least six innings, the second longest streakon the team to Hudsons 13, and was credited with 20 quality starts, tied for17th in the NL. His ERA and ratio of hitswalks per innings were the second lowestof his career in his first full season in the NL.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Giancarlo Stanton mocks Jason Grilli after blasting home run

Adrian Beltre ejected for bizarre on-deck circle incident

Some coaches expect Tom Brady to 'dramatically age’

Joe Flacco could miss 3-6 weeks with back injury

When will it be OK to worry about Clayton Kershaw?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Boom or bust players for each NFL team in 2017

Lucky Whitehead reportedly claimed by Jets

Reasons for concern with Kyrie Irving's game

Texans have been ‘blown away’ by Deshaun Watson

Floyd Mayweather is recruiting Nate Diaz to be in his fight corner vs Conor McGregor

Ivy League-educated ex-NFLer questions recent CTE study

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

Every MLB team's best and worst deadline trade from the last 25 years

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

The most memorable moments from the class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

Box Score 7/25: The pressure of the trade deadline is here

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

For the revitalized Pirates, trade deadline has newfound meaning

The 'Cooperstown: The New Class' quiz

The 'Kyrie revolts against the King' quiz

BIG3 Ref Hotline Bling: James White slams the phone down

The 'When George Brett went completely batty' quiz

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker