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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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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. Oct 24 - 3:04 PM

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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.
Oct 19 - 12:42 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.
Oct 17 - 11:40 PM

Michael Saunders is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting seventh for the Blue Jays in Friday's ALDS Game 2 versus the Rangers.

Saunders was on the bench for Game 1 with the Rangers throwing lefty Cole Hamels, but he'll be in there against righty Yu Darvish. That means Melvin Upton, who homered in Game 1, is on the bench. Ezequiel Carrera slides from right to left field and Jose Bautista will play right after serving as the DH in Game 1. The full Blue Jays' lineup looks like this: Devon Travis 2B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Jose Bautista RF, Russell Martin C,, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Saunders, DH, Kevin Pillar CF, Carrera LF.
Oct 7 - 11:01 AM

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's tilt against the Yankees.

With veteran southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill, it's a good time to get Saunders a breather and get Melvin Upton a start. Saunders should be back in there for Sunday's series finale.
Sep 24 - 12:55 PM

Michael Saunders is not in Monday's lineup against the Mariners.

Saunders is fine, but Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wanted his best defensive alignment with Marco Estrada on the mound. Ezequiel Carrera will start in right field while Melvin Upton will play left and Kevin Pillar will play center.

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

With opposing southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez on the hill, manager John Gibbons will use the opportunity to get Saunders a breather. Edwin Encarnacion will serve as the club's designated hitter while Justin Smoak draws a start at first base.
Sep 10 - 11:07 AM

Michael Saunders doubled and launched a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

The homer was a big one, as it tied the game up in seventh inning. Unfortunately for Saunders and the Blue Jays, Matt Wieters then put the O's back ahead the next frame. Saunders has really fallen off in the second half, but he's put a nice little run together lately with six hits -- including two homers -- over his last 14 at-bats.
Aug 30 - 9:47 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) has rejoined the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Twins.

Saunders missed the previous two contests due to tightness in his hamstring, though he's feeling much improved and is now good to go. The hard-hitting Canadian outfielder is hitting .266/.350/.500 with 21 long balls and 50 RBI in 113 games this season.
Aug 27 - 11:04 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) said that he felt much better on Friday and would be available off of the bench.

He's sitting out a second straight game due to hamstring tightness, but it sounds as though he could be used as a pinch-hitter and is nearing a return. Fantasy owners may want to keep him active this weekend despite missing a start on Friday.
Aug 26 - 6:21 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Angels.

He's dealing with hamstring tightness. With Saunders getting the night off, Ezequiel Carrera will draw the start in right field and bat eighth against Halos starter Jered Weaver. Saunders is day-to-day.
Aug 25 - 4:30 PM

Michael Saunders ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

Saunders' dinger off of reliever A.J. Achter in the eighth inning padded the Blue Jays' lead. It was just his second this month, as the 29-year-old has really scuffled this month. Saunders now has 21 bombs on the season.
Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Astros.

He's just getting a routine day off. Melvin Upton will patrol left field and hit sixth Thursday against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers. Saunders has cooled off since the All-Star break, hitting just .132 over 53 second-half at-bats.
Aug 4 - 5:42 PM

Michael Saunders belted his 18th and 19th home runs of the season in a losing effort against the Mariners.

Saunders has now homered in each of his first two games against his former ballclub. His solo shot off Hisashi Iwakuma in the sixth inning did nothing more than putting a band aid on a stab wound, pulling the Jays to within nine runs at 11-2. He then tagged Wade LeBlanc for a solo shot with two outs in the eighth, making it a 14-3 ballgame. Saunders is having a monster season in the middle of the Jays lineup, slashing .286/.363/.542 with 19 homers and 46 RBI.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Michael Saunders slugged a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

His second-inning blast off James Paxton was the only offense of the night for Toronto. He had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, but struck out to end the ballgame. Saunders has cooled down considerably since his three-homer game on June 17, but he’s now up to 17 homers on the year. He’s two shy of his career-high from 2012.
Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
3Andy Burns
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6R.A. Dickey
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Gavin Floyd
8Matt Dermody
9Danny Barnes
10Ryan Tepera
11Chris Smith