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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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
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Blue Jays purchased the contract of OF Michael Saunders from Triple-A Buffalo.
Saunders hit .274/.321/.404 with two homers over 35 games with Buffalo after catching on with the Jays on a minor league deal following his release by the Phillies. The 30-year-old doesn't figure to play a whole lot in the final month. Sep 1 - 9:33 AM

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Blue Jays signed OF Michael Saunders to a minor league contract.

Saunders was cut loose by the Phillies after hitting just .205/.257/.360 this season. They remain on the hook for all but a prorated portion of the veteran minimum. Saunders has been terrible at the dish since last year's All-Star break, but he was terrific for the Jays in the first half of 2016 and they'll hope he can recreate some of that. He could eventually be an option for them in left field.
Jun 28 - 3:25 PM

Phillies released OF Michael Saunders.

The Phillies are on the hook for what remains of Saunders' $9 million salary, but he is now free to sign elsewhere for the veteran minimum. He's hit only .205/.257/.360 this season.
Jun 25 - 2:38 PM

Phillies designated OF Michael Saunders for assignment.

Saunders didn't even last three months after signing a one-year, $9 million contract over the winter. While he was an All-Star last season, Saunders was awful in the second half last year and it carried over to 2017 with a .205/.257/.360 batting line over 61 games. The 30-year-old should be able to find a job elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had cheaply.
Jun 20 - 2:55 PM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 against the Marlins on Monday, dropping his average to .226.

Now that Howie Kendrick is back, Saunders can no longer count on simply being penciled in against right-handers. He's hitting just .226/.270/.402 while also playing below average defense in the outfield. The Phillies would prefer he step it up and hopefully give himself some trade value in July, but Kendrick looks like the better player right now.
May 29 - 11:53 PM

Michael Saunders drilled a two-run homer in a loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.

He took reliever Mike Dunn deep in the eighth inning with his team down by seven runs. Saunders went 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and is now batting .229/.279/.403 with five home runs and 17 RBI on the season.
May 24 - 11:47 PM

Michael Saunders is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Saunders is hitless over his last four games and owns an ugly .227/.273/.383 batting line through 41 games on the year. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin is giving Ty Kelly a shot in left field on Monday, with Aaron Altherr starting in right field.
May 23 - 3:11 PM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 in the Phillies' loss to the Pirates on Sunday.

Saunders hit cleanup for Philadelphia on Sunday, for some odd reason. The veteran outfielder is slashing just .232/.279/.391 in 40 games this season.
May 21 - 6:09 PM

Michael Saunders (groin) went 0-for-2 in his return to action on Friday.

Saunders didn't start for the Phillies in this one, but came on in relief of Daniel Nava. It seems as though the injury was minor and shouldn't impact him going forward. Look for him to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
May 20 - 8:16 AM

Michael Saunders' left groin injury isn't considered serious.

Saunders departed Thursday's game versus the Rangers with tightness in his groin, but it looks like it's a day-to-day situation. Still he figures to be sidelined for at least a couple games. "They told me they don't think it's serious," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "His groin area was pulling on him. He was concerned, but it's not like he pulled it."
May 19 - 9:29 AM

Michael Saunders left Thursday's game against the Rangers with left groin tightness.

Ty Kelly came on to replace him in the bottom of the sixth inning. Saunders went 1-for-2 with a triple before exiting. Consider him day-to-day.
May 18 - 4:53 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 and cracked a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.

The Phillies were already down 9-0 when he took Andrew Cashner deep in the seventh inning but they all count the same in fantasy leagues. Saunders is batting .246/.296/.405 with four homers, 18 runs and 15 RBI through 135 plate appearances.
May 18 - 12:03 AM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.

Saunders will be fortunate if he continues to start against right-handers after Howie Kendrick comes off the disabled list. He's hitting just .238 with three homers in 122 at-bats, and it's not like he makes up for it with plus defense these days.
May 16 - 11:25 PM

Michael Saunders ripped a two-run homer on Tuesday against the Mariners.

Saunders belted the first of back-to-back shots in the first inning off of Ariel Miranda, as Tommy Joseph followed him with a solo blast of his own. It's the outfielder's second longball already in May after he had one in April.
May 9 - 11:08 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Daniel Nava will play left field while Aaron Altherr slides over to right. The Phillies also have Brock Stassi at first base over Tommy Joseph and Andrew Knapp at catcher over Cameron Rupp.

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Miguel Montero
3Luke Maile
4Rafael Lopez
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Darwin Barney
3Rob Refsnyder
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Ryan Goins
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Ramon Santiago
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Cesar Valdez
6Brett Anderson
7Joe Biagini
8Tom Koehler
9Chris Rowley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Ryan Tepera
3Aaron Loup
4Dominic Leone
5Danny Barnes
6Matt Dermody
7Bo Schultz
8Tim Mayza
9Carlos Ramirez
10Luis Santos
11Leonel Campos