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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tallahassee (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 11 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details
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Phillies signed OF Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.
Saunders found a less-than-fertile free agent market for himself this offseason after struggling badly in the second half of the 2016 season, but he looks like a good buy-low for the Phillies as they continue their rapid organizational rebuild. If he gets off to another hot start in 2017, the Phillies can deal him for more young talent. Saunders, 30, still finished with a respectable .815 OPS and 24 homers in 140 games last year with Toronto. He's a late-round guy in deep leagues. Jan 19 - 11:11 AM

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report news of the agreement, and now Rosenthal brings the financial terms. It's a pretty good buy-low on a guy who made the American League All-Star team in 2016 before stumbling badly in the second half. He still finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Saunders, a left-handed batter, should draw regular starts in the corner outfield with Philadelphia and could offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 16 - 2:31 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Phillies have reached a deal with Michael Saunders.

Heyman says the two sides were discussing a one-year contract with an option for 2018. No word yet on the financial details. Saunders struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter after his dreadful second half last year in Toronto, but he could make for a good buy-low on the part of the rebuilding Phillies, who had been looking for a left-handed bat. If the 30-year-old outfielder gets off to another hot start, the Phils can use him as trade bait at this year's deadline.
Jan 16 - 12:53 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Phillies are nearing an agreement with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

This had been a slow-going offseason for Saunders, who cratered in the second half last season in Toronto after earning his first All-Star nod with a blistering start. He'll try to improve his stock with the rebuilding Phillies, possibly becoming trade bait for them at some point this summer. There should be some deep-league and daily fantasy value here --- Saunders finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS in 2016. His first-half OPS was .923. His second-half OPS was .638.
Jan 16 - 12:32 PM

Free agent Michael Saunders reiterated that he hopes to be back with the Blue Jays in 2017.

"I'm waiting for the right deal for me and my family," said Saunders. "I'm hoping to stay in Toronto and hopefully finding out soon." Saunders has gotten the cold shoulder from teams this winter despite making his first All-Star team in 2016. A return to Toronto would make sense for both sides, especially if Jose Bautista lands elsewhere. Saunders could also be an option for the Orioles if they lose Mark Trumbo in free agency.
Jan 14 - 6:14 PM

According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have "remained in contact" with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

He's also believed to be drawing interest from the Orioles. Saunders had a terrific first half for Toronto in 2016, earning his first American League All-Star nod, but he went on to bat .186/.267/.338 over the final two months of the regular season. The 30-year-old native of British Columbia has battled injuries and inconsistency throughout his eight-year MLB career.
Jan 12 - 2:43 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports mentions the Orioles and Blue Jays as potential landing spots for OF Michael Saunders.

Three or four more unidentified teams are also interested in procuring his services. Saunders hit .298/.372/.551 with 16 home runs in the first half to earn a spot in the All Star game but went into a prolonged slump in the second half. He hit only .178/.282/.357 with eight homers after the break. The Orioles are in the market for a left-handed, power-hitting outfielder and Saunders fits the bill. The Blue Jays have already lost Edwin Encarnacion and are likely to lose Jose Bautista, losing Saunders too would leave them with yet another big hole to fill.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 06:21:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that free agent outfielder Michael Saunders plays to play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Saunders has yet to find a home this offseason, though he has been mentioned as a possible fit with the Orioles and Indians. A return to the Blue Jays also can't be ruled out just yet. The 30-year-old batted .253/.338/.478 with 24 home runs in 140 games this past season.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 03:35:00 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are showing interest in free agent Michael Saunders.

He meets the Orioles' desire for a right fielder who bats left-handed. Injuries have been a constant drain for Saunders throughout his career and he fell apart down the stretch with Toronto in 2016, though the 30-year-old still managed a decent 253/.338/.478 overall slash line with 24 home runs in 140 games.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said free agent Michael Saunders is still "squarely" on the team's radar.

Saunders was not extended a $17.2 million qualifying offer but the Blue Jays are still open to bringing him back at a lesser salary. "We are going to be aggressive in trying to add one or two pieces to our outfield depending upon what’s available," said Atkins. "The outfield is certainly a need for us." With Jose Bautista likely to leave in free agency, the Blue Jays' current outfield consists of Ezequiel Carrera, Kevin Pillar, Dalton Pompey and Melvin Upton Jr.
Source: Sportsnet
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 06:33:00 PM

Michael Saunders was not extended a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays.

The qualifying offer this winter is one-year, $17.2 million and Saunders would almost certainly accept that sum after his dreadful second half. It does help his cause in free agency that he is now untied from draft pick compensation. The 29-year-old outfielder could pull down a three-year deal worth something close to $15 million per year on a market that is short on high-impact talent. Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista did receive the qualifying offer.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 02:07:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are not expected to extend a qualifying offer to impending free agent Michael Saunders.

The Blue Jays will however submit qualifying offers for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Saunders was terrific during the first half of 2016 (.298, 16 HR, 42 RBI in 305 at-bats) but slumped badly after the break (.178, 8 HR, 15 RBI in 185 at-bats) and finished the year in a left-field platoon with Melvin Upton. Despite his second-half slide, the 29-year-old should have plenty of suitors this offseason.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 09:51:00 PM

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said the club is "still working through" whether to make impending free agent Michael Saunders a qualifying offer.

The qualifying offer this offseason will jump to $17.2 million from $15.8 million last year. If the Jays make that offer and Saunders rejects, the team can then gain a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. He could also accept and return for 2017 on a one-year $17.2 million deal. Saunders had a very good 2016 with Toronto, slashing .253/.338/.478 with 24 home runs in 140 games while playing primarily left field.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 03:04:00 PM

Michael Saunders is out of the lineup for Game 5 of the ALCS against the Indians on Wednesday.

Saunders had good numbers against lefties during the regular season, but he's sitting against Ryan Merritt while Melvin Upton will start out of the DH spot. Jose Bautista is not the defender that Upton is, but he remains in right field. The other notable change is that Darwin Barney will play over Ryan Goins at second base. The full lineup for Toronto as they attempt to keep their season alive: Bautista RF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Upton DH, Ezequiel Carrera LF, Kevin Pillar CF, Barney 2B. Marco Estrada will start for Toronto.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Michael Saunders smacked a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Indians.

Saunders knotted the game up in the second inning with an opposite-field shot off of Dan Otero. The Blue Jays then tied it up again in the fifth on a Ryan Goins RBI groundout. However, the Indians plated a pair of runs in the sixth and their bullpen locked things down late. The Jays now face the nearly impossible task of coming back from an 0-3 series deficit.
Mon, Oct 17, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
3Bryan Holaday
4Jorge Alfaro
1B1Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
3Hector Gomez
SS1Freddy Galvis
2Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Roman Quinn
3Nick Williams
4Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Aaron Altherr
3Tyler Goeddel
4Dylan Cozens
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Clay Buchholz
5Vincent Velasquez
6Jake Thompson
7Zach Eflin
8Adam Morgan
9Alec Asher
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Hector Neris
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Sean Burnett
8Alberto Tirado
9Victor Arano
10Dalier Hinojosa
11Michael Mariot
12Colton Murray