Report: Left-hander Mulder meets with Diamondbacks

Updated: November 30, 2006, 12:53 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Arizona Diamondbacks met with Mark Mulder on Wednesday, courting the left-hander and his agents at Chase Field.

"I think it went very well," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said in a report on MLB.com. Melvin was in attendance along with general manager Josh Byrnes, assistant GM Peter Woodfork, director of player development A.J. Hinch and pitching coach Bryan Price. "We just had some lunch and got to know each other a little bit."

According to the report, financial details have not yet been discussed. The talks are still in the formative stage.

"We had a real nice meeting with the Diamondbacks' brass," said Mulder's agent, Gregg Clifton, who was joined by his partner Terry Bross. "It was a very enjoyable experience."

Arizona joined Texas as the only teams to meet with Mulder.

Mulder, who has a home in the Phoenix area, is coming off a shortened season during which he went 6-7 with a 7.14 ERA. The left-hander was bothered by his shoulder throughout the year and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a rotator cuff tear in mid-September.

MLB.com is reporting that there's been some speculation that some teams might offer Mulder an incentive-laden contract to assure themselves that he is healthy, but that could be problematic for the Diamondbacks, who have a strict policy against including incentives in contracts.