Joe Saunders, 29, has compiled a 54-32 record and 4.29 ERA in 115 games over six seasons with the Angels from 2005-10. The left-hander posted a 6-10 record and 4.62 ERA with 45 walks and 64 strikeouts over 120.2 innings in 20 starts this season. From 2008-09, his 33-14 record was second in the American League only to Roy Halladay during that span. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .266 average (167-for-628) with 111 strikeouts over the course of his career. Saunders owns a 2.70 ERA (12 ER in 40.0 IP) with 13 walks and 28 strikeouts in 6 games against National League West teams in his career, while opponents have hit .214 in those games.
Saunders was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2008 after posting a 12-5 record prior to the break and went on to set career-highs with 17 wins, 198.0 innings pitched, 103 strikeouts, and a 3.41 ERA. He was selected by the Angels in the first round (12th overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
The 21-year old Patrick Corbin has compiled a 17-5 record and 4.20 ERA in 33 games (32 starts) during two seasons in the Angels organization from 2009-10. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .262 average (73-for-309) over the course of his career. Corbin compiled a 13-3 record and 3.87 ERA (51 ER in 118.2 IP) with 28 walks and 106 strikeouts over 20 starts between Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Cedar Rapids this season. He held opponents to two runs or fewer in 11 of his 20 games and pitched at least 6.0 innings in 14 of those games. Corbin was selected by the Angels in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Rafael Rodriguez, 25, compiled a 49-41 record and 4.54 ERA in 261 games (106 starts) during nine seasons in the Angels organization from 2002-10. He went 0-1 with a 5.58 ERA (22 ER in 30.2 IP) in 18 relief appearances over five different stints with the big league club last year and appeared in one game for the Angels this season. Rodriguez also posted a 5-3 record and 3.04 ERA (17 ER in 50.1 IP) with 10 saves, 15 walks and 30 strikeouts over 37 games with Triple-A Salt Lake this season. He was signed by the Angels as a non-drafted free agent on July 20, 2001.
Neither Corbin nor Rodriguez ranked among the Angels' top 20 prospects this winter, according to the 2010 Scout.com Baseball Prospects Guide. According to a source, the Diamondbacks will select the player to be named from a list of top prospects.
Former Diamondbacks ace Dan Haren has an 86-70 record and 3.71 ERA in 217 games (208 starts) in eight major league seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and D-backs from 2004-10. The right-hander had a 7-8 record and 4.60 ERA while striking out 141 and walking 29 over 141.0 innings in 21 starts for the D-backs this season. In 2009, Haren earned his third consecutive trip to All-Star Game and capped his season with his first vote on the NL Cy Young Award ballot. His five consecutive seasons of at least 215.0 innings pitched is currently the longest active streak in the majors, while his 128 quality starts since 2005 are tops among all pitchers. Haren was acquired by the D-backs, along with Connor Robertson, in an eight-player trade with the Athletics on December 14, 2007.
Haren was born and raised 20 minutes from Anaheim (Monterey Park, CA) and still has a lot of family there.
"At this point in my career, being on the west coast has a lot of value for me, being close to family and being on a ballclub that is committed to winning not just this year, but for a lot of years," Haren said in a press conference after Sunday's 10-innning loss to the Giants. "I had a good time here, but that's it. I'm really excited for a chance to go there and win."
"The organization has been top-notch to me," continued Haren. "They've treated me great.... but I was brought here to put us over the top. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out that way. I've got to move on, and the organization has to move on as well."
The Angels will assume Haren's contract of $12.75 million for both 2011 and 2012, plus will have a $15.5 million club option for 2013 with a $3.5 million buyout.
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