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Saunders, Three Others Acquired By Diamondbacks

Another top-flight starting pitcher has switched teams, and once again the New York Yankees were not the team bringing home the prize.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have acquired Dan Haren from Arizona for pitcher Joe Saunders and three other players.

A three-time All-Star, Haren, was one of the most prized pitchers available as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, has averaged 15 wins over the past five seasons and was tied for the National League lead with 141 strikeouts. He also had allowed more hits (161) than any other pitcher in the NL.

The Yankees were linked to Haren for several days. How much truth there was to those reports we will never know for sure.