I’m still not sure why the Orioles didn’t re-sign Joe Saunders last winter. The guy pitched a gem in Baltimore’s first postseason game since the Clinton administration and they let him walk to sign a one-year, $6.5 million deal in Seattle. I thought for sure he’d be donning orange and black this season.
I was wrong — well, for now.
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reports that Saunders could again be on the move at the trade deadline this season and says he wouldn’t be surprised to see a reunion in Baltimore.
1. Joe Saunders, LHP, Mariners — Should become a commodity after Matt Garza is traded. The Mariners aren’t looking to deal Saunders but will certainly listen to offers. Don’t be surprised if the Orioles look to reacquire him after he pitched so well for them late last season. He made seven starts for the Orioles, and was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA.
Saunders is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last four starts with the Mariners. He’s help opponents to a .291 average despite a .345 BABIP over that span.
Bazooka Joe was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.276 WHIP and 2.88 K/BB in his seven starts with the Orioles in 2012.