Michael Saunders has new representation with Meister Sports Management, Brandon Meister announced on Twitter.
A player switching representation isn’t normally newsworthy, but in Saunders’ case, it is. Last month, Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik publicly criticized Saunders for missing so much time during the 2014 season due to injuries (an inflamed A/C joint in his right shoulder and a strained left oblique). That didn’t sit well with Saunders’ former agent, Mike McCann, who returned the salvo.
The whole situation appeared to be headed towards a divorce between the Mariners and Saunders. Instead, Saunders procured a new agent. Previous reports indicated that the Mariners were going to heavily shop Saunders, but this could be a sign that Saunders could stick around in Seattle.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.