D-backs offer arbitration to Heilman, LaRoche

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche, right, is greeted by Stephen Drew, left, after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg Arizona Diamondbacks' Adam LaRoche, right, is greeted by Stephen Drew, left, after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) By Eric Risberg

PHOENIX - The following is a release from the Arizona Diamondbacks:

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have offered arbitration to right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman and infielder Adam LaRoche, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.

Heilman, 32, posted a 5-8 record and 4.50 ERA (36 ER in 72.0 IP) with 26 walks and 55 strikeouts while also securing a career-high 6 saves in a team-high 70 games with the D-backs last season. Since 2006, he is the lone reliever in the Majors with five straight seasons of at least 70 appearances. Over parts of eight Major League seasons with the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and D-backs, he owns a 31-45 record and 4.25 ERA (281 ER in 594.2 IP) with 245 walks and 515 strikeouts. Heilman was selected by the Mets in the first round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

LaRoche, 31, hit .261 (146-for-560) with 75 runs scored, 37 doubles, 2 triples, 25 home runs and a career-high 100 RBI in 151 games with the D-backs last season. Over parts of seven Major League seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox and D-backs, he owns a .271 average (933-for-3,437) with 477 runs scored, 242 doubles, 9 triples, 161 home runs and 569 RBI. LaRoche was selected by the Braves in the 29th round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.