{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners

|
Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners play video for Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners

SEATTLE –- Joe Saunders, a veteran left-hander who pitched for the Orioles and D-backs last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners pending the completion of a physical exam, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The Mariners wouldn't confirm the report on Thursday evening, but general manager Jack Zduriencik has been pursuing a proven pitcher to add to the rotation since dealing Jason Vargas to the Angels for Kendrys Morales in December.

Saunders, 31, would give Seattle a third veteran to go along with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma as the Mariners also bring along a host of talented youngsters that include returning hurlers Erasmo Ramirez and Blake Beavan and top prospects Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker and Brandon Maurer.

Saunders went 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA last season for Arizona and Baltimore, finishing out the season with a 3-3 mark and 3.63 ERA in seven starts with the Orioles after a late-August trade.

Saunders would add a left-hander to a rotation that has only right-handed returnees, though Hultzen and Paxton are both southpaws coming up.

Saunders, who spent the first six years of his career with the Angels, has a 6-0 record and 2.13 ERA in 55 innings over nine starts at Safeco Field. His career record is 78-65 with a 4.15 ERA in 189 games.

The Virginia native was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-7 with a 3.41 ERA for the Angels. He became a free agent this year after earning $6 million in 2012.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español