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Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-01-29


Arizona Diamondbacks Inside Pitch 2009-01-29
The Diamondbacks struck out with Randy Wolf, but they apparently were a hit with Jon Garland.

According to multiple media reports, Garland and the D-backs have agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for 2010.

Arizona had made Garland another offer earlier this winter, and he had rejected it.

The same happened recently with Wolf, who passed on a one-year contract offer.

The D-backs also courted Wolf after the 2006 season, before he signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dodgers, a figure Arizona did not want to reach because of injury concerns following Wolf's 2006 season in Philadelphia.

Garland figures to join a rotation that already has four locked-in members -- Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Doug Davis and Max Scherzer.

Garland declined salary arbitration from the Angels after making $12 million last season despite the fact that would have made at least $9.6 million in arbitration, since players can receive at worst a 20 percent pay cut from the previous year. His deal with Arizona, according to media reports, is somewhere in the $6 million to $8 million range.

Wolf's 2007 deal with Los Angeles included an $8 million option with a $500,000 buyout. The Dodgers failed to exercise the option, but the sides came together on a $4.75 million contract in 2008. Before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline last summer, the Dodgers traded Wolf to Houston, where he was 6-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 starts.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 29, 2009

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