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Diamondbacks decline options on Henry Blanco, Matt Lindstrom

The D'backs declined options on the catcher and pitcher, but both could still end up back in Arizona.


Right-handed relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom and catcher Henry Blanco had their 2013 options declined by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to the team's official twitter.

As the club noted, it can still negotiate with both players.

According to AZ Snake Pit, the return of Lindstrom would make more sense than Blanco spending another season in Arizona.

The case of Lindstrom is a little more interesting. He was originally acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in the trade for Joe Saunders, and performed pretty well, posting a 2.53 ERA over 12 games for the Diamondbacks. His option was for $4 million with a $200,000 buyout. While that option does seem a bit pricey, you can make the case that Lindstrom would have been a cheaper choice for Arizona than bringing over Heath Bell from the Marlins.

After making the playoffs in 2011, the Diamondbacks finished third in the NL West in 2012 with an 81-81 record. With the right moves, the foundation to return to the playoffs seems to be in place.