The Orioles today announced that they have acquired LHP Joe Saunders and cash considerations from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later. RHP Jake Arrieta has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Lindstrom’s place on the 25-man roster for today’s game.
Saunders, 31, is 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA (130.0IP, 61ER) in 21 starts for Arizona this season. The eight-year veteran is 75-62 with a 4.17 ERA (1116.2IP, 517ER) in 182 career starts with the Angels (2005-10) and Arizona (2010-12). Saunders, a Virginia native, has made four career post-season starts (2008 ALDS, 2009 ALCS and 2011 NLDS). Originally a first round pick (#12 overall) by the Angels in 2002 out of Virginia Tech, Saunders graduated from West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA.
Lindstrom went 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA (36.1IP, 11ER) and 30 strikeouts in 34 appearances for the Orioles. He was acquired with RHP Jason Hammel from Colorado in exchange for RHP Jeremy Guthrie on February 6.
Arrieta went 3-9 with a 6.13 ERA (101.1IP, 69ER) in 18 starts with the Orioles earlier this season. He went 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA (44.0IP, 24ER) in eight starts with the Tides.