PHOENIX - Cut loose by Arizona last month, former All-Star pitcher Joe Saunders agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.
He made $5.5 million last season, when he went 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA in a career-high 33 starts. The D-backs didn't want him to become eligible for arbitration, so they declined to offer a contract by the Dec. 12 deadline.
Saunders, 30, teamed with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson and Josh Collmenter in a rotation that helped Arizona go from last place to first in the NL West.
Lincecum offered $17M, asks for $21M
SAN FRANCISCO - Tim Lincecum asked San Francisco for $21.5 million in arbitration, just shy of the record for a player, and the Giants offered their ace a club-record $17 million on a day when 80 players agreed to contracts.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner was among 54 players who exchanged figures with their teams, and his request fell short of the record $22 million requested by Houston's Roger Clemens before the 2005 season.
• Designated hitter David Ortiz, who accepted Boston's offer of arbitration, had the second-highest request at $16.5 million and was offered $12.65 million.
• There was just one multiyear agreement among Tuesday's deals, with Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval getting a $17.15 million, three-year contract.
• The largest one-year deals went to Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels ($15 million), Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier ($10.95 million), Boston OF Jacoby Ellsbury ($8.05 million) and Milwaukee reliever Francisco Rodriguez ($8 million).
• Milwaukee agreed to a two-year contract with Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, a three-time batting champion in Japan's Central League. Texas had a deadline today to reach a deal with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish.
• The Tigers said star slugger Victor Martinez could miss the entire season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last week during offseason conditioning.
• Boston outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist Tuesday and could miss opening day.
Tucson High grad Bjornson joins Astros staff
The Astros finalized their coaching staff for the 2012 season Tuesday by hiring Tucson High School graduate Craig Bjornson as bullpen coach.
Bjornson, a former pitcher in the Astros' minor-league system, has 13 years of experience in professional baseball as a pitching coach, most recently for the rookie-level Casper Ghosts of the Rockies organization (2009-11).
Bjornson, 42, will replace Jamie Quirk, who left the Astros to become bench coach for the Cubs.
• San Diego catcher Nick Hundley, an ex-UA Wildcat, agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal for 2012. He hit a career-best .288 last season but elbow surgery in July.
Includes material from a news release