Orioles Rumors: Joe Saunders Wants to Return to Baltimore

Left-hander Joe Saunders remains a free agent, but the veteran told Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun that he hopes to re-sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

“I’m a pretty patient kind of guy. I’ve always been that kind of guy, to really wait and see how it all plays out,” said Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular season starts with the Orioles after being acquired from Arizona in August. “First and foremost, I’d like to come back to Baltimore and do some great things in 2013. But, from my standpoint, my hands are kind of tied. I pay my agent to do his job and hopefully it all works out.”

The Orioles acquired Saunders late last summer from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom. The 31-year-old went on to post an ERA and WHIP of 3.63 and 1.276 over seven starts for the O’s, and he made two strong appearances in the playoffs.

Beyond the Orioles, the Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners are among the other teams that have reportedly expressed interest in Saunders this offseason, according to Connolly.

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