PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow on a one-year contract, according to D-backs’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Breslow, 31, led all relief pitchers with a career-high 5 pickoffs last season and ranked 11th in the American League by allowing just 21.1 percent (8-of-38) of inherited runners to score. He was 0-2 with a 3.79 ERA (25 ER in 59.1 IP) in 67 appearances with the A’s in 2011.
Breslow was acquired from the Oakland Athletics with All-Star right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill and cash considerations on December 9, 2011 in exchange for right-handed pitchers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.
Among all active left-handed relievers (min. 275.0 innings pitched), Breslow ranks third with a 3.06 ERA (95 ER in 279.0 IP). He is also fourth all-time among relief pitchers in inherited runners scored percent (21.7), trailing Ricardo Rincon (19.2), Steve Wilson (19.4) and Trevor Hoffman (20.2).
Over 6 Major League seasons with the Padres (2005), Red Sox (2006), Indians (2008), Twins (2008-09) and A’s (2009-11), Breslow is 12-17 with a 3.06 ERA and 6 saves and 48 holds in 295 relief appearances.
The D-backs do not have any remaining arbitration-eligible players.