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55 Michael Saunders LF
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 11/19/1986 | Birthplace: Victoria, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Toronto | College: Tallahasee CC FL | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $512,600 | Owned/Started%: 8/3 | Average Draft Position: 313.97
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Blue Jays acquire Michael Saunders from Mariners


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Michael Saunders from the Mariners for pitcher J.A. Happ, according to ESPN. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.

The 28-year-old Saunders is coming off a season in which he hit .273/.341/.450 over 231 at-bats. He had been mentioned as a popular trade candidate all offseason. Saunders is entering his second year of arbitration, and is set to become a free-agent following the 2016 season.

Happ, 32, posted a 4.22 ERA over 158 innings with Toronto. The Blue Jays picked up his $6.7 million option earlier in the offseason. He'll be a free-agent at the end of the year. 


Mariners tender six arbitration-eligible players before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Mariners tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Those players include: first baseman Logan Morrison, outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Michael Saunders, and relievers Charlie Furbush and Tom Wilhelmsen.

Report: Rangers have inquired about Mariners OF Saunders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Rangers have inquired about Rangers outfielder Michael Saunders, according to ESPN. However, the Rangers' interest is mild.

Saunders has a .231 average, .384 slugging percentage and .685 OPS in 553 games over six seasons for the Mariners. He also has 51 home runs, 82 doubles and 182 RBI.


Report: Mariners looking to move OF Michael Saunders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) The Mariners are expected to seek to trade outfielder Michael Saunders this offseason, according to ESPN.com, claiming both sides are ready to move on.

Saunders lost two months of this season to a back injury, which limited him to 231 at-bats. He compiled a stat line of .273/.341/.450 with 34 RBI aned 38 runs scored.


Michael Saunders back and in lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Not only did the Mariners activate outfielder Michael Saunders from the 15-day DL as speculated Monday, but they started him right away against the Astros. He played right field, shifting Endy Chavez over to left with Dustin Ackley sidelined by an ankle injury.

Saunders had been out since early July with a strained oblique. He hit .276 with six homers, three steals and a .761 OPS in 196 at-bats prior to the injury.


Michael Saunders potentially back Monday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners could activate Michael Saunders from the DL for Monday's game against the Astros. Saunders has been out since before the All-Star break with a strained oblique.

Michael Saunders heading to Arizona to regain his strength


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will report to the team's spring training facility in Arizona to "try to get his strength back," manager Lloyd McClendon told the Tacoma News Tribune on Monday. Saunders has been sidelined since mid-July because of a back issue, and was recalled from his rehab assignment late August due to a viral infection.

Michael Saunders recalled from rehab with viral infection


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been recalled from his rehab assignment due to a viral infection, the Seattle Times reports.

Saunders will have to wait five days before he can be sent out on another rehab assignment. He's been on the disabled list since mid-July with a back issue.


Michael Saunders dealing with illness on assignment


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders might miss the next two or three games on his minor-league rehab assignment, as he is battling the flu, manager Lloyd McClendon told the Seattle Times Friday. 

Saunders, who is on assignment as he recovers from a back injury, might need extra time on assignment given his absence. His assignment is set to end Aug. 26, but the Times reports the team may figure out how to get him more time


Mariners in no rush to activate Michael Saunders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday outfielder Michael Saunders (back) will make his return from the disabled list when he's ready. McClendon does not want to bring him back from a rehab assignment unless his timing is down offensively.

"Don't waste games here," McClendon said, per MLB.com. "It's too important. We've got to win them here. We ain't here to get timing down. We're here to win."


Michael Saunders to resume rehab Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will resume his rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Saunders missed a few games in order to attend the birth of his child. He's been out since July 10 with an oblique injury. Saunders hit .276/.327/.434 over 196 at-bats prior to the issue. 


Michael Saunders leaves rehab for birth of child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will leave his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma for a few days to attend the birth of his child, the Tacoma News Tribune reports Monday. Saunders has been out since July 10 with an oblique strain. He started rehab assignment on Thursday and has five hits through his first 14 at-bats.

Michael Saunders reaches base twice in first rehab game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders started a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A Tacoma. Saunders reached base twice in his first game action since suffering an oblique strain. He finished 1 for 3 with a walk. 

Michael Saunders set to start rehab stint Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) What was hoped has been confirmed - Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will begin a rehab assignment Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma.

Saunders has been out since July 10 with an oblique strain. He will attempt to pick up where he left off upon his return to Seattle. He had 10 hits in his last 26 at-bats before going down.


Michael Saunders to work out in full Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders will participate fully in workouts Tuesday, the Tacoma News-Tribune reports.

The team is hopeful that Saunders will be ready to begin a rehab assignment Thursday. He has been sidelined since July 10 with an oblique strain.


Michael Saunders might start rehab assignment late in week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said outfielder Michael Saunders (oblique) might begin a rehab assignment late this week, per MLB.com. He took a day off from batting practice Sunday.

Michael Saunders not ready for rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that outfielder Michael Saunders is not ready to start a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend, per the Seattle Times. Saunders, who is working his way back from a back injury, will be re-evaluated on Monday in Seattle. He has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.

Michael Saunders closing in on rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon remains hopeful that outfielder Michael Saunders will be able to begin a rehab assignment by the weekend, MLB.com reports.

Saunders isn't swinging the bat at 100 percent yet and that "it's going to take some time," according to McClendon, but he was able to participate in batting practice for a second straight day Wednesday. Saunders has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.


Michael Saunders set to take BP Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders is closing in on a rehab assignment after missing nearly three weeks with a strained left oblique, per MLB.com.

Saunders was scheduled to take batting practice with the team Tuesday. If all goes well, he will head out on a minor league rehab assignment. Though he is already eligible to be activated off the disabled list, he is unlikely to play for Seattle until at least the second week of August.


Michael Saunders starts hitting of tee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders began hitting off a tee this week, as he continues to work his way back from a back injury, MLB.com reports. Manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that it will "be a while" before Saunders is fully recovered. He isn't expected to return until mid-August at the earliest.

Michael Saunders not expected back before mid-August


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders could be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from an oblique strain, MLB.com reports.

Even though Saunders is recovering well, he isn't expected to return until mid-August at the earliest. "He's feeling better," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."


Michael Saunders diagnosed with Grade 2 oblique strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Seattle Times reports that Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain, which could keep him out "for some time," according to manager Lloyd McClendon

Saunders was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with the injury. Saunders is expected to need more than the 15 days on the DL. He is hitting .276/.329/.436 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats.

Michael Saunders placed on 15-day DL, Justin Smoak recalled from Triple-A


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Mariners announced a pair of roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Athletics.

They placed outfielder Michael Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Saunders batted .276 with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. In a corresponding move, the Mariners have recalled first baseman Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

Michael Saunders injures side on check swing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was forced out of Thursday's game against the Twins with a back injury.

Saunders left the game in the middle of his at-bat after injuring his side on a check swing. He was replaced by Dustin Ackley mid-at-bat, who stuck out.

Saunders owns a .277/.329/.436 slash line with six homers and 28 RBI in 196 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Friday's series opener against the A's.


Michael Saunders knocks sixth home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders went 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 2-0 win over the Twins Monday.

Saunders delivered a shot in the seventh inning that barely cleared the fence in center field, helping to continue what's been a productive July thus far: 7 of 22 with a home run, three RBI and one stolen base in six games. Saunders has hit .266/.322/.435 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 184 at-bats.