Mount Pleasant, Mich. - Former Central Michigan star Josh Collmenter signed a new two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, avoiding salaray arbitration.
Collmenter led all National League relievers in innings pitched last season while going 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA in 49 games. He made a club-record nine relief appearances of at least three innings, and also pitched 29 innings in extra-inning games -- the most in the majors since 1972.
Collmenter is 20-18 with a 3.40 earned run average in 108 games (35 starts) in his three seasons with the D-Backs.
The former Mid-American Conference Player of the Year finished fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 when he went 10-10 with a 3.38 ERA for Arizona. The Diamondbacks claimed the NL West title that year and Collmenter pitched game three of the National League Division Series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.
During his collegiate career, the 2007 All-America honoree splashed his name throughout the CMU record book. He ranks among the program's leaders in career strikeouts (288, first) wins (24, fourth), innings pitched (301.1, third) and ERA (2.63, eighth).