Diamondbacks agress to contracts with Drew, SaundersPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX — The following is a press release from the Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders on a one-year contract for 2011 and infielder Stephen Drew on a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2013, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
Saunders, 29, compiled an overall record of 9-17 with a 4.47 ERA (101 ER in 203.1 IP) in 33 starts last season with the D-backs and Angels. He posted a 3-7 record and 4.25 ERA in 13 starts for the D-backs last season after being acquired in the five-player trade that sent Dan Haren to the Angels on July 25. Saunders accumulated a career-high 114 strikeouts and 203.1 innings pitched in 2010, marking the first time in his career he topped 200.0 innings in a season. His 15 quality starts last season were also the second-highest total of his career.
Saunders has posted a 57-39 record with a 4.29 ERA during his 6-year Major League career, posting at least 30 or more starts in each of his four full seasons. He was an All-Star in 2008 in the midst of compiling a career-best 17-7 record and 3.41 ERA.
Drew, 27, hit .278 (157-for-565) with 33 doubles, a career-high-tying 12 triples, 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 151 games last season. He also set career-highs with 62 walks, 10 stolen bases and a .352 on-base percentage. Among NL shortstops, he ranked first in triples, second in walks, tied for third in doubles, fourth with a .456 slugging percentage, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage and sixth in batting average. His career-best .984 fielding percentage tied for first among league shortstops.
Drew is the longest-tenured shortstop in D-backs franchise history with 633 games played over 5 seasons, during which he has batted .272 (669-for-2461) with 332 runs scored, 147 doubles, 46 triples, 65 home runs and 276 RBI. Among D-backs’ all-time career leaders, he ranks first with 46 triples, third with 258 extra-base hits, fourth with 669 hits, 147 doubles, 2,461 at-bats and 180 multi-hit games, fifth with 647 games, eighth with 65 home runs, 276 RBI and 226 walks and 10th with 29 stolen bases. His 35 triples since the beginning of the 2008 season lead the Majors while his 46 triples since 2006 rank tied for fourth with the Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins and behind the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson (60), Mets’ Jose Reyes (60) and Rays’ Carl Crawford (56).