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Joe Saunders is back with the Mariners


Left-hander Joe Saunders has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training.

Saunders was terrible for the Mariners in 2013, posting a 5.26 ERA in 183 innings, and then was even worse for the Orioles and Rangers last year with a 6.70 ERA.

In his prime Saunders was a decent middle-of-the-rotation starter who often got overrated by run support-fueled win-loss records, but now at age 34 he looks mostly like Triple-A depth or possibly a middle reliever.

Royals plan to develop Brandon Finnegan as a starter


Brandon Finnegan had a rapid rise to the majors, debuting for the Royals just three months after they drafted him 17th overall and making a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever.

However, long term the Royals still think he fits best as a starting pitcher and general manager Dayton Moore said the team plans to continue developing him that way:

We feel like it’s in his best interests and our best interests long term as an organization to develop him as a starter.

Finnegan was a starter at TCU, going 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 134/29 K/BB ratio in 106 innings there during his final season. He also began his pro career as starter at Single-A, but then shifted to the bullpen following a promotion to Double-A.

If they stick with him as a starter, Finnegan seems destined to begin this season in the minors.

Mike Minor wins arbitration hearing against the Braves

Mike Minor

Mike Minor will earn $5.6 million this season after going through an arbitration hearing against the Braves that ruled in his favor.

Atlanta submitted a $5.1 million salary for the 27-year-old left-hander following a season in which he missed time with injuries and went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA.

Minor, who in 2013 posted a 3.04 ERA in 205 innings, has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility ahead of him.

Mets may allow Matt Harvey to throw 200 innings “including the playoffs”

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

Like most teams dealing with pitchers coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery the Mets will limit Matt Harvey’s workload this season, but it sounds like the limitations won’t be severe.

General manager Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that 215 innings is out of the question for Harvey, but 200 innings is possible “including the playoffs.”

Setting aside the ability to make an easy joke about the Mets and the playoffs, that seemingly means Alderson is fine with Harvey logging 180-190 innings during the regular season and there are no plans for a postseason shutdown ala Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals.

Before getting hurt Harvey averaged 6.85 innings per start, which would leave room for 27-28 starts before reaching 190 innings.

Brad Peacock is in The Best Shape Of His Life

Brad Peacock

Astros right-hander Brad Peacock underwent surgery in October to remove bone chips from his hip and may miss the beginning of the season, but he spent the offseason getting into The Best Shape Of His Life:

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