Report: Red Sox Interested in Diamondbacks Pitcher Joe Saunders


December 10, 2011

The Red Sox haven't yet added the starting pitching help they seek. But they've checked in on some hurlers, including the Arizona Diamondbacks' Joe Saunders.

The Sox are one of a few teams interested in the left-hander, according to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro.

Saunders is coming off a season in which he went 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA. He is 69-52 with a 4.16 ERA in 161 starts in his seven-year career. The 30-year-old spent five-plus seasons with the Angels before being shipped to Arizona in the deal that landed the Angels Dan Haren.

Saunders was named an All-Star in 2008 and finished that season with a career-high 17 wins. He went 17-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 31 starts that year.

Saunders, who's tossed over 200 innings each of the last three seasons, is arbitration eligible. He made $5.5 million last season.

According to's Alex Speier, Saunders is considered by some in the industry to be a non-tender candidate, which means he could be available at a relatively low cost in terms of prospects or that he could eventually become a free agent if he is non-tendered.

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