D-backs Sign Ojeda and Boyer

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed two of its nine arbitration-eligible players on Friday. Infielder Augie Ojeda and relief pitcher Blaine Boyer each agreed to one-year contracts for the upcoming 2010 season. Ojeda will receive $825,000; Boyer's deal was for $750,000.

Augie Ojeda, 34, hit .246 (65-for-264) with 38 runs scored, 17 doubles, three triples, a homer, 16 RBI, and 32 walks in 103 games. He established career highs in at-bats, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, and walks. In the field, he appeared in 35 games at second base, 34 games at shortstop ,and 28 games at third base. As a second baseman, he has not committed an error in his last 115 games (79 starts) dating back to Sept. 15, 2004, the longest active streak among second basemen. 

Blaine Boyer, 28, went a combined 0-2 with a 4.12 ERA (25 ER in 54.2 IP) and .265 opponents' average with 20 walks and 29 strikeouts in 48 relief outings for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks last season. In 30 games for the D-backs, he went 0-1 with a 2.68 ERA (11 ER in 37.0 IP) and .273 opponents' average with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts. In 23 road appearances, he went 0-2 with a 1.75 ERA (5 ER in 25.2 IP) and .226 opponents' average with 8 walks and 13 strikeouts.

Ojeda figures to be in the second base mix this year along with Ryan Roberts, Tony Abreu, and Rusty Ryal.  He remains the primary backup to shortstop Stephen Drew.  Boyer tended to work in low-pressure situations for the Diamondbacks last year.  He can expect a similar role in 2010, particularly if the club adds another veteran to the bullpen.

With Ojeda and Boyer back in the fold, Arizona has seven players who remain eligible for arbitration. The club must must tender contracts before midnight Eastern Time on Saturday to Stephen Drew, Aaron Heilman, Conor Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Miguel Montero, and Chad Qualls, or they will become free agents.  All seven are expected to be tendered contracts, and Josh Byrnes has never gone to arbitration with a player in his tenure as Diamondbacks general manager.

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