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Michael Saunders | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Blue Jays acquired OF Michael Saunders from the Mariners for LHP J.A. Happ.
The one-for-one swap is likely a precursor to other deals for both teams. Saunders, 28, will be the everyday left fielder for the Jays. He was pretty good when healthy in 2014, batting .273/.341/.450 in 78 games. The move to Rogers Centre should help his fantasy stock. Dec 3 - 6:56 PM

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The Blue Jays have acquired Michael Saunders from the Mariners for J.A. Happ, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Saunders' name has been in trade rumors in recent days, so it's no surprise he's on the move. It's also no surprise he's headed to the Jays, as they've been in the market for an outfielder. Happ's exit could open a rotation spot for Aaron Sanchez in Toronto.
Dec 3 - 6:06 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have checked in with the Mariners about Michael Saunders.

Crasnick reported a few weeks ago that the M's are prepared to shop Saunders "hard" this winter, and Texas reportedly has some interest. Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time after an injury-plagued 2014. The 28-year-old outfielder has put up some promising numbers in the past.
Nov 24 - 3:59 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Mariners are expected to shop Michael Saunders "hard" at next week's GM meetings.

Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and Crasnick writes that both sides appear ready to move on. The 27-year-old earned $2.3 million this season while batting .273/.341/.450 with eight home runs and 34 RBI over 78 games. His season could have looked a lot better if he didn't miss so much time due to injury. He should draw plenty of interest if the M's truly intend to shop him.
Nov 7 - 12:04 PM

Michael Saunders had a pair of RBI doubles Sunday, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in a win over the Angels.

Saunders swatted an RBI double in the second inning before doubling in a run and scoring in the fourth. Injuries wrecked what could have been a big year for the 27-year-old, as Saunders finished with just 78 games played. He hit .273/.341/.450 with eight homers and 34 RBI on the year.
Sep 28 - 8:46 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and hit his eighth homer as the Mariners edged the Angels 4-3 on Friday.

The Mariners lived to fight for at least one more day, thanks to homers from Kendrys Morales, Saunders and Dustin Ackley. The homer was Saunders' second in 32 at-bats since he came off the disabled list. He'll likely sit against lefty C.J. Wilson on Saturday, but he should be back in there on Sunday.
Sep 27 - 1:30 AM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Saunders was one of the few Mariners hitters able to muster some offense against Collin McHugh, as his two-run home run in the fifth inning gave the M's a short-lived lead. The homer was his seventh of the season and his first since coming back from a strained oblique in early September. Saunders is hitting .267/.332/.424 on the year.
Sep 21 - 7:24 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique, viral infection) is in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

He'll start in right field and bat eighth. Saunders hasn't played in a game for the Mariners since July 10 due to a strained oblique and a viral infection.
Sep 8 - 5:38 PM

Mariners activated OF Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list.

Saunders originally landed on the disabled list in mid-July with a strained oblique, but his return was pushed back following a viral infection. He returns to a .276/.327/.434 batting line to go along with six homers over 65 games.
Sep 8 - 4:54 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique, virus) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Saunders went on the DL back in mid-July with a strained oblique, but a viral infection has plagued him more recently. He's hitting .276/.327/.434 with six homers over 65 games this season.
Sep 7 - 1:51 PM

Michael Saunders (viral infection) has resumed workouts at the Mariners' spring training complex.

Saunders has lost about 12 pounds while battling the illness over the last two weeks. He originally went on the DL with a strained oblique, but that's no longer an issue. "He's down there taking [batting practice], fly balls, working out, facing some living pitching," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We're trying to get him ready. I don't know if it's going to happen or not, but we're trying."
Sep 2 - 9:22 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) is still battling a viral infection.

The infection caused Saunders to be pulled off his rehab assignment last weekend. It doesn't sound like he'll be ready for activation when rosters expand on September 1. Saunders has been out since mid-July. "I know he’s lost 7 or 8 pounds," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "We just need to get him back out there. I would imagine so."
Aug 29 - 10:27 AM

Michael Saunders (oblique) has been recalled from his rehab assignment due to a viral infection.

Saunders has already sat out a few games and now can't resume his rehab assignment for at least another five days. He'll be activated by the Mariners next month.
Aug 24 - 10:34 AM

Michael Saunders (oblique) has missed the last couple games on his rehab assignment due to a virus.

Saunders could miss an additional 2-3 contests. He's already played in 10 rehab games, but the Mariners are taking things slowly with his rehab. They might wait until rosters expand to activate him.
Aug 22 - 2:48 PM

Michael Saunders (oblique) remains a few days away from rejoining the Mariners.

Saunders has already played in five rehab games, but he'll now miss a few days in order to attend the birth of his child. He should be activated by this weekend.
Aug 11 - 6:35 PM