Joe Saunders opts out of minor league deal with the Mariners


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.