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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #5

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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Michael Saunders was removed from Friday's game as a precaution after being hit in the right hand by a pitch.
Saunders simply has a bruise and will be fine. He's batting .213 with one homer this spring. Mar 24 - 3:39 PM

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Michael Saunders departed Friday's game against the Yankees after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders went to first base after being plunked but was then removed. The Phillies should have an update on the outfielder before long, but Saunders will likely be sent for X-rays.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Michael Saunders hit his first homer Sunday to help a Phillies split-squad beat the Tigers 8-5.

Saunders was the Phillies' No. 5 hitter today, and that figures to be his spot during the season, putting a lefty in between the team's right-handed bats in the middle of the order. One thing that does remains to be seen is how much Saunders will play against lefties. The Phillies are leaning towards keeping Aaron Altherr as a bench player, and if that happens, it'd make sense to start him over Saunders versus southpaws.
Mar 5 - 4:31 PM

Michael Saunders will not play for Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Saunders was previously expected to play for Canada, but now he'd prefer to be in camp with his new team. The 30-year-old projects to be the primary right fielder for Philadelphia.
Feb 15 - 10:34 AM

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

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 plans 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

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