Found August 27, 2012 on
For the first time in this whole season I, as a Baltimore Orioles fan, have hope. Despite this being one of the most successful seasons in a long time for Baltimore there has always been this aura of doubt for me. I am always a pessimist when it comes to the ball club, so even with everything going great it was hard to see a bright future. Things hit their breaking point when the trade deadline came and went without any move by Orioles management. It looked, at that point, like the higher ups were throwing in the towel. But then this weekend the news broke. The Baltimore Orioles had traded Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later to the Arizona Diamondbacks for starting pitcher Joe Saunders. Saunders is having an off year but is a fantastic career pitcher. Coming in as one of the most experienced players on a very young Orioles squad, including 4 playoff starts, his influence will be felt almost instantly. Giving up Matt Lindstrom for most teams wouldn’t be worth it. He is a pivotal part to one of the major’s best relief staffs. But that is exactly why the Orioles can get rid of him. They have a plethora of players the can step in a fill the void Lindstrom leaves, and their relievers shouldn’t miss a step. It still just makes me giddy talking about it. This is exactly what the Orioles needed, and even though it is a few weeks too late, the magnitude of this move cannot be understated. All year Baltimore’s starting rotation has been an incredible sore spot for a playoff team. With 10 different starters throughout the course of the season it has been an unstable position filled with question marks. But as the season is coming into its final chapter the Orioles staff is starting to come together. Jason Hammel is expected back sometime in September from injury and joins a talented young group. Wei-Yin Chen has been the face of the rotation all year and continues to dominate. But it is the youngsters behind him that make Baltimore a threat. Steve Johnson, Zach Britton, Chris Tillman, and Miguel Gonzalez have all stepped up their games and are winning with consistency. With the addition of Saunders, most likely in the 4th spot of the rotation, this becomes a staff that can pitch with the best of them. This move makes it seem like the Orioles front office has faith that this team can compete and make the playoffs. And who am I to question the professionals?

D-backs deal Saunders to Orioles for reliever

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...

Joe Saunders to Join Orioles After Baltimore Swings Trade With Arizona Diamondbacks

BALTIMORE -- Eager to bolster an inexperienced pitching staff during their first playoff run since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles obtained left-hander Joe Saunders on Sunday in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Baltimore gave Arizona right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom and cash considerations or a player to be named later. Saunders, who was scheduled to start Sunday against San...

Joe Saunders compares favorably to current back-end O’s starters

Earlier this afternoon, the Orioles completed a waiver wire trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks to send Joe Saunders to Baltimore for relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom. Lets break this trade down. Joe Saunders is coming to town to fill the fifth rotation spot previously held by Tommy Hunter. Hunter has an ERA of nearly 6 (5.95), while Saunders’ is 4.22. The MLB average ERA is is 4...

D-backs send Saunders to avoid sweep

Before this season, the San Diego Padres had never recorded a sweep in Arizona. Now they are on the verge of their second one in 2012. The Padres seek a seventh straight win overall and sixth in a row against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. San Diego has rebounded from a five-game losing streak with six consecutive wins, including a 9-3 victory Saturday. Yonder Alonso hit one of his...

D-backs deal Saunders, abandon six-man rotation

As expected, the Diamondbacks' six-man rotation did not last long. Arizona traded left-hander Joe Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, three days after he cleared waivers, making him available to all comers. D-backs general manager Kevin Towers, known for his ability to identify bullpen arms, acquired right-hander Matt Lindstrom in the deal. Lindstrom's fastball...

Orioles acquire Joe Saunders from Diamondbacks

The Baltimore Orioles added some veteran presence to their rotation down the stretch by acquiring Joe Saunders from the Diamondbacks in exchange for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later. The 31-year old Saunders initially was acquired by Arizona at the 2010 trade deadline from the Angels in the Dan Haren trade. Saunders had an ill-fitting description as a "...

Orioles acquire Saunders from Diamondbacks

The Baltimore Orioles acquired left-handed starter Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday for right-hander Matt Lindstrom. The Orioles, who also received cash considerations, recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta to take the 25th spot on the roster for Sunday's game. Saunders was placed on waivers Tuesday and the team began to seek trade offers for him. After going...

D-backs swap Saunders for Lindstrom

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded left-hander Joe Saunders to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom and cash considerations or a player to be named later. Saunders, who was scheduled to start Sunday against San Diego, was 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts with Arizona this season. He won 12 games last season while helping the Diamondbacks win the National...

Orioles finally get a veteran starter

The Orioles tried to acquire a veteran starter at the end of July. A month later, they got their guy. Baltimore traded for veteran lefty Joe Saunders, sending reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named to Arizona in the swap. Arizona will pay a portion of Saunders' $6 million contract. Saunders -- a free agent at year's end -- joins Wei-Yen Chen as solid lefties...

Baltimore Acquires Joe Sauders from Arizona

The Baltimore Orioles acquired starting pitcher Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later. The Diamondbacks also sent some cash to offset the $1 million plus still owed to Saunders for the rest of the 2012 season.Lindstrom had been acquired before the season along with Jason Hammel from the Rockies in the Jeremy Guthrie...

Orioles acquire Joe Saunders


Nats, losers of 4 straight and swept in Philly, are still 4.5 games up. [Nats Journal] Davey Johnson may or may not have yelled at Mike Rizzo afterward. [B/R] LaRoche’s HR that was somehow not a HR. [Nats Enquirer] Werth lost a ball in the sun, caught it barehanded. [NE] O’s acquired lefty starter/Va. Tech grad Joe Saunders. [Camden Chat] Chris Davis hit three HR, smacked the...
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