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Report: Mariners to sign lefty Joe Saunders to a one-year contract

Post by Ryan Divish on Feb. 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm with 4 Comments »
February 7, 2013 5:46 pm

Well, today hasn’t been dull.

After all the Felix Hernandez hysteria and then the official announcement of the Kelly Shoppach, there comes the latest news that the team will sign free agent lefty Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

It’s not a surprise since the Mariners were looking for veteran left-handed pitching. Saunders certainly fits that criteria. It’s a bit of a surprise that it’s a one-year deal. Saunders had been asking for a two-year contract and it seemed like he might get it. To get him for one season is a solid acquisition.

Obviously many people are familiar with Saunders, who pitched for the Angels for several years. In nine career starts at Safeco Field, Saunders is 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA. Of course, that was pitching against the Mariners.

Basically, the Mariners replaced Jason Vargas with Saunders. And if you look at the numbers … they are pretty much the same pitcher.

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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Nice move, especially for one year. They’ve done pretty much everything I could’ve hoped for this off-season, except for signing Bourn.

  2. JZombie says:

    Seems to answer questions about the Kelley DFA. I like this signing.

  3. rightwingrick says:

    I’m betting the M’s have a trade lined up for Kelley…they have 10 days to trade, or release him. One more trick up Jack Z’s sleeve….Kelley and someone to LA for LHP Chris Capuano??

  4. bbnate420 says:

    I don’t think Kelley being traded will bring Capuano. The M’s don’t really need another starter, Kelley is a decent/pretty good reliever. Teams don’t typically trade starters for pretty good relievers. And I believe that they still have to remove another person from the 40. Kelley’s being DFA made room for Shoppach. Ryan could let us know if I’m wrong there?

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