Tacoma Rainiers broadcaster Mike Curto reported on Twitter that pitcher Joe Saunders opted out of his minor league deal with the Mariners. Saunders had signed a minor league deal with the team in February, but he was released, then re-signed at the end of March to another minor league deal. He would have been paid $750,000 in the major leagues.
Saunders, 33, posted a 5.73 ERA with a 12/4 K/BB ratio in 11 innings across six relief appearances with the Rainiers, the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate. It’s been a few years since was last productive as a major leaguer.
Saunders, now a free agent, will try to find an opportunity elsewhere.