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Craig Breslow, Diamondbacks Agree On One-Year Contract, Avoid Arbitration

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Thursday the signing of left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow to a one-year contract, effectively avoiding arbitration according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Breslow, 31, led all relief pitchers in the big leagues with a career-high five pickoffs in 2011, while ranking 11th in the American League by allowing just 21.1 percent (8-of-38) of inherited runners to score. Breslow had a 0-2 mark with a 3.79 ERA (25 ER in 59.1 IP) in 67 appearances with the A’s last season.

Now entering his seventh season, Breslow has spent time with the Padres (2005), Red Sox (2006), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09) and A’s (2009-11),

Breslow was acquired from the Oakland Athletics along with right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill with cash considerations on December 9, 2011 in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.

The D-backs are not effectively done with their arbitration this year.

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