Remember when Steve Phillips said he'd trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt?

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It seems like a good time to point out that two months ago former Mets general manager, former ESPN analyst, and current AOL Fanhouse contributor Steve Phillips said during a radio interview that he’d trade Stephen Strasburg for Roy Oswalt if he were running the Astros.
And then he shot a video “defending himself and explaining why dealing an unproven commodity for an ace might not be a bad idea.”
Seriously.
Turns out the Astros got juuuuuuuuuuust slightly less than the world’s best pitching prospect in exchange for Oswalt, settling instead for a 27-year-old mid-rotation starter, a toolsy 19-year-old shortstop, and (after they flip Anthony Gose to Toronto, apparently) Triple-A first baseman Brett Wallace and his rapidly declining stock.
I’d normally make some sort of joke here about how this is the reason why Phillips is no longer a GM, but in truth his thinking Strasburg-for-Oswalt was a good idea probably doesn’t even make the list.

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.