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Olmedo Saenz | First Baseman

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (44) / 10/8/1970
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Olmedo Saenz has taken a job as a hitting coach for the White Sox's Rookie ball team in Great Falls.
Saenz sat out last season after failing to make the Mets out of spring training. He did sign with the Nats at the end of March, but he decided against reporting to Triple-A Columbus. Saenz finishes a nine-year major league career with a .263/.340/.465 line and 73 homers in 1,663 at-bats. Unfortunately, no one believed in him until the A's gave him a shot at age 28. Tue, Nov 4, 2008 12:40:00 AM

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Nationals signed infielder Olmedo Saenz to a minor league contract.

Saenz, cut by the Mets last week, will report to Triple-A Columbus. He's insurance in the event of an injury to Nick Johnson or Dmitri Young.
Sat, Mar 29, 2008 07:31:00 PM

Mets reassigned infielder Olmedo Saenz to minor league camp.

The Mets didn't have room on their bench for a player who was only an option at first base. The 37-year-old Saenz may opt for retirement.
Thu, Mar 20, 2008 11:54:00 PM

Mets agreed to terms with first baseman Olmedo Saenz on a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Saenz was once a fantastic platoon starter capable of handling third base defensively, but he's now limited to first base and hit just .191 last season with the Dodgers. New York has no shortage of bench options, so the 37-year-old Saenz will face an uphill battle to crack the Opening Day roster.
Tue, Feb 12, 2008 06:21:00 PM

Dodgers sent first baseman Olmedo Saenz and RHP Roberto Hernandez outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Both were scheduled to become free agents anyway. This just gets them off the 40-man roster a little earlier.
Fri, Oct 12, 2007 01:55:00 AM

Pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run homer off Jeremy Accardo in the bottom of the 10th to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Saenz has hit three homers in 49 at-bats, while regular first baseman Nomar Garciaparra has one in 226 at-bats. Saenz isn't an option as a regular these days, but giving him some more playing time would make sense. It will happen when the Dodgers are in AL parks.
Sat, Jun 9, 2007 01:52:00 AM

Olmedo Saenz doubled, homered and scored three runs on Sunday.

He doesn't start very often, but he sure took advantage of it today, smacking his first homer of the year and also drawing a walk while lifting his BA to .231.
Sun, Apr 22, 2007 08:15:00 PM

Olmedo Saenz, getting a rare start against a right-hander, went 3-for-4 with a solo homer against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Nomar Garciaparra needed a day off, so Saenz was given some action even with right-hander Anthony Reyes on the mound. Saenz is batting .310 with eight homers and 36 RBI, making him a fantastic end-gamer in NL-only leagues.
Sun, Jul 16, 2006 05:47:00 PM

Olmedo Saenz made his second straight start at third base on Monday, but he went 0-for-4 and committed an error.

Willy Aybar started the previous couple of games, but he was benched after making two misplays on Saturday. Aybar probably is the Dodgers' best choice at third while Bill Mueller recovers. Maybe he'll return to the lineup on Wednesday.
Mon, May 15, 2006 11:56:00 PM

Olmedo Saenz went 1-for-4 Saturday in his first start of the season at third base.

With Jose Cruz Jr. back in the lineup and Saenz playing third base while Bill Mueller is on the mend, Dodgers manager Grady Little is making better choices the last two days.
Sun, May 7, 2006 01:43:00 AM

Olmedo Saenz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBI in Thursday's victory.

Saenz is off to a great start for the second straight year. He's 10-for-22 with two homers and 11 RBI. Until Nomar Garciaparra gets back, the Dodgers might begin giving Saenz starts over James Loney against righties.
Thu, Apr 13, 2006 04:26:00 PM

Olmedo Saenz, who was removed from Wednesday's game with a back injury, returned as a pinch-hitter today and hit an RBI double off Phillies reliever Aaron Fultz.

He'll probably get the next start at first base against a left-hander.
Sun, Apr 9, 2006 08:00:00 PM

Olmedo Saenz was removed from Wednesday's game after four innings with a back injury.

Saenz was hurt on the same bunt play as Horacio Ramirez, though he remained in initially. James Loney replaced him at first base.
Thu, Apr 6, 2006 12:06:00 AM

Dodgers re-signed infielder Olmedo Saenz to a two-year, $2 million contract.

Saenz, 35, was a very good part-time player last season, hitting .263/.325/.480 in a career-high 319 at-bats. He looks like a worthy starter against left-handers, but the Dodgers probably won't have anywhere to play him once they move Jeff Kent to first base.
Wed, Dec 7, 2005 07:25:00 PM

The Dodgers and free agent Olmedo Saenz have agreed to a new two-year deal.

Even though Jeff Kent might be at first base by midseason? Saenz might not be more than a pinch-hitter if Kent plays first. As things stand now, Saenz and Hee Seop Choi could platoon a first base until Kent slides over. Saenz isn't an option as a full-time third baseman, though he can still play there once in a while.
Wed, Dec 7, 2005 05:41:00 PM

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2B1Asdrubal Cabrera
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4Wilmer Difo
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Ryan Zimmerman
LF1Bryce Harper
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CF1Denard Span
2Michael Taylor
3Nate McLouth
4Brian Goodwin
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
3Nate Schierholtz
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2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Taylor Hill
7Taylor Jordan
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2Tyler Clippard
3Rafael Soriano
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Matt Thornton
8Erik Davis
9Xavier Cedeno
10Blake Treinen
11Aaron Barrett
12Matt Grace
13Bruce Billings