02/08/12 9:00 PM EST
D-backs agree with Breslow on one-year deal
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
The D-backs on Wednesday agreed to terms with left-hander Craig Breslow, their lone remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player, on a one-year contract. The Boston Globe reported the deal is worth $1.795 million. Breslow had been seeking $2.1 million, while the D-backs submitted a $1.5 million figure.
Breslow was acquired by the D-backs along with Trevor Cahill from the A's in a December deal that sent Minor League pitcher Jarrod Parker and two others to Oakland.
Breslow had a 3.79 ERA in 67 games for the A's. He gives the D-backs a second lefty in the bullpen to go along with Joe Paterson, though, unlike Paterson, Breslow is effective against righties as well. Over the 31-year-old's six seasons, righties have hit .224 against him while lefties have hit .227.
"I don't think I'm terribly quirky or I don't throw from a low arm angle or have a big sweeping breaking ball, but in my career I've been pretty successful at getting both lefties and right-handed hitters out," Breslow said on the day of the trade. "Hopefully I'm a guy that will be counted on to face more than one hitter and I can throw an inning or multiple innings at a time."
The D-backs previously reached one-year deals with arbitration-eligible players Brad Ziegler, Ryan Roberts and Miguel Montero. In Montero's case, a settlement was reached just minutes before the hearing was set to begin.
The D-backs have not gone to a salary-arbitration hearing with a player since they lost to Damian Miller in 2001 and have been to a hearing just twice in franchise history. They beat Jorge Fabregas in 1998.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.