Joe Saunders Rumors: Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Mets Interested

Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders is drawing significant interest this offseason, as the starter is currently talking to the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The New York Mets are also discussing Saunders as an option to fill out their rotation, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.




The Pirates were another team that showed interest in Saunders, according to Rosenthal, but he believes they’re likely out of the running following their signing of Francisco Liriano.

The Mets have been tied to multiple starters this offseason, also including Carl Pavano, Shaun Marcum and Chris Young, while Baltimore has been linked to other starters such as Kyle Lohse. The Mariners have been pursuing bats this winter, but they are reportedly seeking a replacement for Jason Vargas, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for Kendrys Morales.

Saunders maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.07 and 1.340 over 28 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Orioles last season. The 31-year-old owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.15 and 1.369 over eight seasons in the majors.

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