Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders is back with the Mariners

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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.