Group interested in buying Dodgers wants to have Joe Torre run the team

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T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times reports that manager Joe Torre was “approached recently” by an ownership group interested in buying the Dodgers and having him “run it a la Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers.”
Torre told Simers that he gets “people who make all kinds of suggestions all the time” and “some of these suggestions are real and some tongue in cheek and that’s something to discuss and determine at a later date.”
All of which is what Simers calls “his way of confirming such an overture has been made.”

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.