Still chasing down the Yankees and Rays in the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles made a move on Sunday to improve their rotation heading down the stretch.
As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Orioles have acquired lefty starter Joe Saunders in a waiver trade from Arizona.
In return, the Diamondbacks get right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom, along with a player to be named later.
This comes as no real surprise, as Saunders, who passed through waivers on Friday, became expendable once Tyler Skaggs was promoted to the majors.
The 31-year-old has posted a respectable 4.22 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 130 innings this season and will immediately be inserted into the O’s rotation, which will also get a boost after getting Jason Hammel back in the first half of September.
Meanwhile, the 32-year old Lindstrom registered a 2.72 ERA and 1.29 WHIP across 36 1/3 innings this year for Baltimore.