Joe Saunders was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Saunders had a 3.69 ERA, 4.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, and a 44.5 percent Ground Ball Percentage in 212 innings for the Diamondbacks in 2011.
Saunders was expendable due to the acquisition of Trevor Cahill.
There have been a lot of rumors concerning Saunders over the past month or so. There was a rumor that Saunders was offered a two-year deal by the Diamondbacks. Then there was a rumor that the Diamondbacks were looking to trade the 30-year-old lefty. I guess Saunders didn't draw much trade interest.
Now, Saunders is out of a job.
I would imagine Saunders won't have trouble finding a job with a Major League team. In an era where innings are held in higher regards than actual quality, Saunders has pitched more than 185 innings in each of the past four seasons.
I would suggest Saunders remain in the National League. I could see teams like the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, or San Diego Padres show interest in Saunders. There is also the possibility that Saunders could return the Diamondbacks.
However, I could the Baltimore Orioles showing an interest. Their starters were last in baseball in innings pitched in 2011 and they could use an innings eater like Saunders.
I say he ends up with the Orioles.
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