He’d be a great replacement for Melky for the Jays. Has two more trips through arbitration so won’t be terribly expensive. John Mayberry could spell him against tough lefties, giving them some really strong production from the LF position.
Hey, it was Crasnick who said that, not me:
The #mariners are expected to shop OF Michael Saunders hard at GM meetings. Both sides appear ready to move on.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 7, 2014
Saunders relationship with the M’s has deteriorated pretty badly. After the season was over, GM Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon made the media rounds criticizing him for his conditioning and suggesting his extensive injury history is a result of shortfalls in this department. Saunders and his agent fired back. It was just not a great scene.
Saunders has value, of course. Despite multiple trips to the DL he hit 273/.341/.450 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 263 plate appearances. He’s team-controlled for two more seasons too. If the M’s want to shop him, there should be takers.