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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