One of the positions the Arizona Diamondbacks have been working on during what has been fairly quiet MLB Winter Meetings, outside of Miami of course, is starting pitching. The Dbacks have been out looking for another starter. One starter they would like to get resolved is the status of Joe Saunders. Saunders, who is arbitration eligible, is looking at a possible $9 million payday if offered arbitration, something the Dbacks want to avoid. I don’t blame them.
Saunders pitched well for the Dbacks in 2011 and was the highest paid player on the roster to begin with. However, with as inconsistent as he was down the stretch, he’s just not worth that kind of money. That does not mean the Dbacks don’t want him on the roster though. If they don’t offer arbitration or trade him, he becomes a free agent on December 12th.
I would like to see the Dbacks get at least something in return for Saunders, so I think either an offer or a trade will happen before that December 12th deadline. Saunders does have worth and I know the Dbacks realize that. That is not to say they couldn’t re-sign him once he becomes a free agent however he is free game at that point, which, in this market, is dangerous. Someone is willing to over-pay for his services.