D-Backs re-sign Vargas, four others

D-Backs re-sign Vargas, four others

TUCSON -- The Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that they had avoided salary arbitration with right-handers Claudio Vargas and Brandon Lyon, catcher Johnny Estrada and infielders Orlando Hudson and Alex Cintron, signing each to a one-year contract.

Lyon, who began last year as the team's closer and saved 13 games before suffering an elbow injury that kept him on the shelf from May 13 to Aug. 12, signed a deal worth $830,000.

The D-Backs claimed Vargas off waivers from Washington in early June last year, and for an 11-game stretch from June 21 to Aug. 18, he was the club's best pitcher as he went 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA.

Overall, Vargas was 9-6 with a 4.81 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) for Arizona.

On Dec. 7, the Diamondbacks acquired Estrada, who hit .261 with the Braves last season, in a trade that sent relievers Oscar Villarreal and Lance Cormier to Atlanta.

Hudson, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Troy Glaus trade, will receive $2.3 million this year. The Gold Glove winner hit .271 for Toronto last season.

Cintron, who has been the subject of trade rumors, will make $1.6 million. Speculation has been that the switch-hitter could be dealt for a left-handed specialist to bolster the Arizona bullpen.

In his third full season, Cintron hit .273 in 122 games with the Diamondbacks last year.

In other Diamondbacks news, infielder Craig Counsell and outfielder Luis Gonzalez were named to Team USA's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.

Pitcher Brandon Webb was asked by manager Buck Martinez to be part of Team USA's pitching staff, but after much thought, the offer was declined. Webb, who recently signed a contract extension that could keep him in Arizona through 2010, cited the fact that his wife Alicia is expecting the couple's first child in March.

In addition, with the right-hander already named the club's Opening Day starter, he wanted to make sure he was in camp from the entire time.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.