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Saunders was an All-Star in 2008 and had a 54-32 record and 4.29 ERA in 115 games over six seasons with the Angels. He was 6-10 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 starts for Los Angeles this year, his eighth in the organization.

“I’ve been in trade talks in the offseason and stuff like that but you never really think it’s going to happen,” said Saunders, who lives in Arizona. “They obviously think highly of me, so it will be a new challenge.”

Rodriguez appeared in one game this season, allowing a run and a hit in two innings, and was 0-1 with a 5.58 ERA in 18 relief appearances over five stints with the big league club last year.

Corbin, a 21-year-old left-hander, has spent the season in the lower levels of Los Angeles’ system.

With a starter and two solid prospects, the Diamondbacks found the right match for dealing Haren.

“(Saunders) brings an element to our club that I think we need,” Arizona interim GM Jerry Dipoto said. “The prospects in the deal bring us talent that we need to build with. Therefore, I felt that this deal checked a lot of boxes for the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Despite having an off year by his standards, Haren was pursued by several teams, including the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks were looking to build for the future and possibly dump a significant portion of their payroll, though team officials have insisted that’s not the goal.

Haren is due to make $12.75 million each of the next two seasons with a club option for $15.5 million in 2013. The deal includes a $3.5 million buyout if the option isn’t picked up and a list of teams to whom Haren could veto any trade.

The Diamondbacks acquired him from the Athletics after Arizona finished with the NL’s best record in 2007 and made a surprise run to the NL championship series.

Haren has been among the game’s most durable pitchers with at least 33 starts and 216 innings each of the past five seasons. He was fifth in NL Cy Young Award voting last season and is 86-70 with a 3.71 ERA for St. Louis, Oakland and Arizona.