According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the Mariners are showing interest in a reunion with veteran left-hander Joe Saunders.
Don’t freak out too much, Mariners fans. They are only looking at Saunders “as a bullpen possibility if he is willing to accept a minor-league contract.”
Saunders previously pitched for the Seattle in 2013 and posted an ugly 5.26 ERA and 107/61 K/BB ratio across 183 innings. We didn’t hear much from him last year, as he spent a large chunk of time in the minors and had a 6.70 ERA across eight starts and six relief appearances between the Orioles and Rangers. The Mariners hope to carry a second left-hander in their bullpen behind Charlie Furbush, so Saunders would be another name to throw in the mix.