Diamondbacks Tender 31 Contracts
Joe Saunders (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Posted Dec 3, 2010

Arbitration-eligible players Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Miguel Montero and Joe Saunders, who each have accrued more than three years of service time in the majors, were among the 31 players tendered contracts by the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2011 season. The club also signed the recently-acquired Zach Duke.

Stephen Drew, Kelly Johnson, Miguel Montero, and Joe Saunders will have their salaries determined thru Major League Baseball's arbitration process unless the players come to terms with the club's offers. The other 27 players with less than three years of service time will receive their contracts from the Diamondbacks prior to the beginning of Spring Training. Zach Duke, who was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, has been signed to a one-year deal with a mutual contract option for 2012, but the financial details of this transaction have not yet been disclosed.

The D-backs did not tender a contract to Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, Blaine Boyer, nor D.J. Carrasco for the 2011 season, thus making them free agents and able to sign with any team.  The only surprise of this group is Carrasco, an innings-eating reliever that has gone 9-3 with a 3.77 ERA over the past three years, averaging 70 innings per season.  Carrasco was acquired along with Church and infielder Bobby Crosby in exchange for Chris Snyder, Pedro Ciriaco, and cash just prior to the July 31 trade deadline.  None of the three Cs who came over from Pittsburgh remains in the Diamondbacks' organization.

Today's moves bring the D-backs' 40-man roster to 36 players.  The four empty spots make them eligible to add players in the Rule 5 draft next week.

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