Days after the Diamondbacks announced that they'd use a six-man rotation due to a surplus of starters, they cleared up their logjam by trading veteran left-hander Joe Saunders to the Orioles for reliever Matt Lindstrom and either cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Saunders cleared waivers last week and was known to be a trade possibility because, like Stephen Drew, he is set to be a free agent after the season. The Orioles, in the midst of the wild-card race in the American League, also were known to be seeking starting pitching help.
The 31-year-old Saunders is 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts with the D-backs in 2012. He was scheduled to start todays game against the Padres; the team announced after the trade that Trevor Cahill will move up a day to take his spot. Cahill will be pitching on a normal five days' rest.
Lindstrom is 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 34 relief appearances this season. The hard-throwing right-hander has limited right-handed hi...