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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tallahassee (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 11 (0) / SEA
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Orioles signed OF Michael Saunders to a minor league contract.
Saunders was released two times this offseason: once by the Pirates shortly after the Corey Dickerson trade, and once by the Royals after he couldn't earn a bench spot. The 31-year-old will head to Triple-A Norfolk, and if he hits in the International League he could become a reserve for the Orioles before the end of the season. Apr 2 - 12:16 PM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Michael Saunders is mulling over four offers and is expected to make a decision in the next few days.

Saunders hit .275/.356/.350 with seven RBI and a pair of stolen bases over 45 plate appearances with the Royals during Cactus League play, but it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the big league roster. Wherever he decides to go, it'll almost certainly be on a minor league deal.
Mar 31 - 12:35 PM

Royals released OF Michael Saunders.

The 31-year-old was informed that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster, so they'll give him a few days to try to find another gig elsewhere. Saunders hit .275/.356/.350 with seven RBI and a pair of stolen bases in 45 plate appearances during Cactus League play.
Mar 24 - 12:02 PM

Royals signed OF Michael Saunders to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates on a minor league deal this week and was even at their spring training complex earlier Friday. However, it appears he asked out of the agreement after they traded for Corey Dickerson. Saunders will probably have a better shot to make the Royals' Opening Day roster. He batted just .202/.256/.344 with six homers over 73 games for the Phillies and Blue Jays last season.
Feb 23 - 4:41 PM

Pirates signed OF Michael Saunders to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Saunders was an All-Star with the Blue Jays in 2016, but the 31-year-old outfielder batted just .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 73 games last season. He's worth a shot for the rebuilding Pirates.
Feb 21 - 12:24 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 09:33:00 AM

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.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 03:25:00 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.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 02:38:00 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.
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 02:55:00 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.
Mon, May 29, 2017 11:53:00 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.
Wed, May 24, 2017 11:47:00 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.
Tue, May 23, 2017 03:11:00 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.
Sun, May 21, 2017 06:09:00 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.
Sat, May 20, 2017 08:16:00 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."
Fri, May 19, 2017 09:29:00 AM

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2Chance Sisco
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Luis Sardinas
SS1Tim Beckham
3B1Manny Machado
2Danny Valencia
LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Colby Rasmus
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Pedro Alvarez
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PosRoleName
S1Kevin Gausman
2Dylan Bundy
3Alex Cobb
4Andrew Cashner
5Chris Tillman
6Gabriel Ynoa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Brach
2Zach Britton
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Richard Bleier
6Pedro Araujo
7Yefry Ramirez
8Miguel Castro
9Mike Wright
10Tanner Scott