Saunders traded to Orioles in exchange for Lindstrom (Arrieta recalled)
The Orioles acquired left-hander Joe Saunders and cash considerations from the D-backs on Sunday, sending Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later to Arizona as they bolstered their starting rotation for the stretch run of the season.
Baltimore also recalled right-hander Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk to take Lindstrom’s place on the active roster for Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays. Arrieta is expected to be available out of the bullpen.
Saunders, who was scheduled to start for the D-backs on Sunday against the Padres, has gone 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA this season. He pitched to a 3.69 ERA a year ago, throwing 212 innings for the D-backs. The lefty has a career 75-62 record and 4.17 ERA in 182 starts. The Orioles had shown interest in Saunders for a while, although several teams reportedly were interested in adding the 31-year-old left-hander to their rotation.
Lindstrom, acquired alongside Jason Hammel in the offseason trade that sent Jeremy Guthrie to Colorado, went 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA in 34 games for the Orioles this season