Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 12/12/11
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Diamondbacks will non-tender LHP Joe Saunders tonight, but will try to to re-sign him. Last week, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic said the Diamondbacks offered Saunders a new two-year contract, and rather than non-tendering Saunders, GM Kevin Towers recently said they intend to either sign Saunders or trade him. Michael Baron (Posted Dec, 9, 2011): Saunders isn’t going to “wow” anyone with his stuff, but he’s proven to be a durable and steady left handed pitcher who could be a fit. He usually sits in the upper 80s to low 90s with his fastball and off-sets that with a good tailing change-up. He pitches to contact and gives up a lot of home runs, but a move to a more pitcher-friendly park would probably reduce that number. In 33 starts for Arizona in 2011, the 30 year old Saunders went 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts and 212 innings, allowing 210 hits and 67 walks and 29 home runs. He is entering his third year of arbitration, and he jus...
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