David Wright got all barfy; left game

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It takes a lot to get David Wright out of the linuep, so it’s pretty safe to say that whatever it was that caused him to check out of last night’s game in Houston was serious:

“Something came on about the fourth or fifth inning,” Wright said. “I
felt real nauseous and just throwing up a lot. I just didn’t feel like I
was helping out all that much. I felt like I did what I could and then
really couldn’t do much more after that.”

I’m guessing he either (a) ate the black and white cookie; or (b) has little kids at home, because boy howdy, nothing makes a grown man barf like the nasty viruses the rugrats bring home six times a year.

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. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan adds that Saunders will make $1.5 million upon reaching the majors, with a potential $500,000 in bonuses.

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.