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35 Joe Saunders SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 6/16/1981 | Birthplace: Springfield, VA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Seattle | College: Virginia Tech | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $6,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Mariners release Chavez; sign Gutierrez, Saunders to Triple-A deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Mariners announced Tuesday outfielder Endy Chavez opted out of his minor-league deal and was released, per MLB.com. 

Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and pitcher Joe Saunders were also released, but then signed to Triple-A contracts.


Mariners option Roenis Elias, reassign eight to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) The Mariners have optioned pitcher Roenis Elias to Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Sunday.

An earlier report Sunday said that the team was considering going with a six-man rotation, and it's possible that could still come to pass, with Elias making frequent trips to and from the active roster. For now, it appears Taijuan Walker will serve as the team's fifth starter.

The Mariners also reassigned the following eight players to minor-league camp Sunday: catcher John Baker, outfielder Endy Chavez, infielders Shawn O'Malley and Carlos Rivero and pitchers Mark Lowe, Jordan Pries, Kevin Correia and Joe Saunders .


Mariners' McClendon: Joe Saunders will work strictly in relief role


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters that newly-signed left-hander Joe Saunders will work strictly in a relief role for the club, per MLB.com.

Saunders signed a minor-league contract with Seattle on Friday, with an invitation to big-league camp. The 33-year-old veteran went 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA last season, splitting his time between Texas and Baltimore.


Joe Saunders joining Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) The Mariners agreed to a minor-league deal with 33-year-old LHP Joe Saunders, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. 

The contract includes an invitation to Major League camp, and Mariners clubhouse staff were setting up a locker for Saunders on Friday morning. 

Saunders was 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA last season, splitting the year between the Rangers and Orioles, and also between starting and the bullpen. 

He returns to the Mariners after going 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA in 32 starts in 2013. He's expected to contribute out of the bullpen, if he makes the team. 


Report: Mariners showing interest in Joe Saunders


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) The Mariners are showing interest in signing pitcher Joe Saunders on a minor-league deal, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

The 33-year-old Saunders posted a 6.70 ERA over 43 innings in the majors last season. He spent most of the year in the minors. Saunders pitched with Seattle in 2013, posting a 5.26 ERA over 32 starts. 


Orioles announce several roster moves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Orioles announced a slew of roster moves on Monday. They have recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and right-hander Kevin Gausman from the GCL Orioles. Additionally, the team also selected the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Kelly Johnson has reported to the club after being traded over the weekend.

Joe Saunders to work as lefty specialist


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Orioles are attempting to transition pitcher Joe Saunders to a lefty specialist, MASNSports.com reports Tuesday.

Saunders was officially activated at Triple-A Norfolk Tuesday, after passing a physical. Saunders had an ugly 6.13 ERA in 39 2/3 innings before the Rangers released him this season, and even lefties hit .326 in 46 at-bats against him. 


Orioles giving Joe Saunders a shot with minor league deal


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Orioles have signed veteran left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league contract, sources have told the Baltimore Sun.

Saunders, who became a free agent when he opted out of his deal with the Royals on Tuesday, pitched for Baltimore in 2012. The 33 year old has been ineffective this season with an 0-5 mark and 6.31 ERA. He has given up a whopping 62 hits and 20 walks in 39 2/3 innings.


Report: Joe Saunders opts out of deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Royals pitcher Joe Saunders has opted out of his deal with the team to become a free agent, MLBDailyDish.com reports.

Saunders made four starts with Triple-A Omaha after signing with the Royals, posting a 6.75 ERA and 6:5 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings. He has also spent time with the Rangers this season, going 0-5 with a 6.13 ERA in eight starts at the major-league level.


Joe Saunders signs with Kansas City, heading to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Veteran left-hander Joe Saunders has been signed to a minor league contract by the Royals.

Saunders, who was dispatched by Texas on Friday, lost his last three decisions as a member of the starting rotation, giving up 17 runs in 13 2/3 innings in the process to lower his ERA to 6.13.

He is set to report to Triple-A Omaha.


Joe Saunders released by Rangers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) The Rangers released pitcher Joe Saunders Friday, three days after he was designated for assignment. The veteran finished his time with the Rangers with a 6.13 ERA and 2.07 WHIP in 39 2/3 innings of work. 

Rangers alter rotation plans as Joe Saunders taken off roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) A day after allowing four home runs in a loss to the Orioles, Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders was designated for assignment Tuesday. The team recalled pitcher Miles Mikolas from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Saunders, and he will start Wednesday against Baltimore.

The Rangers also announced Nick Tepesch has been moved back to Friday against the Mets. Yu Darvish will still start Thursday against Baltimore and Colby Lewis will now start Saturday against New York. Nick Martinez, who is starting Tuesday, will remain on regular rest and start Sunday.


Joe Saunders rocked for seven runs, four home runs Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders struggled in a loss Monday, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings while striking out two in his team's

Saunders (0-5) surrendered four home runs in the first four innings to put his team down 6-0 before giving up a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. It's been a rocky season for the pitcher, giving up 17 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings over his last three outings. He owns a 6.13 ERA, 2.07 WHIP and 22:20 K:BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings heading into Saturday's scheduled matchup with the Mets.


Joe Saunders gives up six runs in loss vs. Tigers Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits and five walks in just four innings while striking out two in his team's 8-6 loss to the Tigers.

Saunders (0-4) surrendered three runs in the first inning and two more in the third, as the Tigers had no problems racking up extra-base hits against the Rangers starter. He was pulled after giving up a home run to the leadoff batter in the fifth inning. Saunders owns a 5.19 ERA and 20:18 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Orioles Monday.


Rangers shuffle upcoming rotation a bit


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) The Rangers announced a shuffling of their probably pitches for the next few days, in order to keep some pitchers on regular rest.

According to MLB.com, Nick Tepesch has been pushed back to Friday's series opener against the Twins, allowing Joe Saunders and Nick Martinez to remain on four day's rest. Saunders will pitched Wednesday against the Tigers, with Martinez slotting in behind him Thursday.

The move also allows Yu Darvish to move back to Saturday against the Twins, giving him an extra day of rest. 


Joe Saunders hit hard in another loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Rangers starter Joe Saunders remained winless for the season Friday, following a 7-3 loss to the Angels.

Saunders lasted just 4 2/3 innings in the start, his shortest since his season opener was cut short by injury. He allowed seven runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits in his four-plus innings, while walking three and striking out three batters on 110 pitches.

Saunders fell to 0-3 in six starts, though his ERA rose to just 4.11. He will look for his first win in his next start, Thursday against the Tigers. 


Joe Saunders surrenders two runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders didn't factor into the decision Saturday after giving up two earned runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out three in his team's 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Saunders got through the first four innings without giving up a run before the Mariners were able to break through with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. After the Rangers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, Saunders gave up one more run in the bottom half of the sixth before calling it a day. The bullpen couldn't protect his lead, leaving him winless with a 3.46 ERA after five starts. Saunders is slated to take on the Angels Friday.


Joe Saunders drops second decision of the year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders dropped his second decision of the year Sunday afternoon at home against the Indians. The left-hander permitted three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings of a 3-2 defeat. He did not record a strikeout.

Over his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Saunders has allowed four earned runs. He owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.90 WHIP through four starts (20 innings). He will look to get back on track Saturday at Seattle.

Joe Saunders gives up two runs in no-decision vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders didn't factor into Tuesday's decision, giving up two earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in six innings while striking out two in his team's 8-3 loss to the Orioles.

Saunders surrendered a solo home run in the fourth inning and an RBI single in the sixth, but he was otherwise able to work around the plethora of hits tallied by the Orioles offense. He owns a 3.68 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings over three starts. Saunders is slated to face the Indians Sunday.


Joe Saunders tosses five shutout innings in return


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders looked solid in his return from the disabled list Wednesday against the Twins, and did not appear troubled at all by his ankle injury.

Saunders pitched five shutout innings in the game, and only failed to go deeper due to a high pitch count; he racked up 97 pitches by the end of the fifth. He scattered five hits and two walks in his five innings, while striking out six batters in a no-decision, as the Rangers went on to win, 1-0.

Saunders has made just two starts this season as a result of his injury, but seems likely to remain in the rotation moving forward. His next start is set for Tuesday against the Orioles. 


Aaron Poreda optioned to the minors Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Aaron Poreda has been optioned to the minors Wednesday.

Poreda tossed 13 1/3 innings with the club in 2014, posting a 3.38 ERA. He was sent down in order to make room for Joe Saunders.


Joe Saunders activated from disabled list Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders was activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Saunders will make Wednesday's start against the Twins. Aaron Poreda has been sent down in order to make room for Saunders on the 25-man roster.


Joe Saunders to start Wednesday; Scott Baker moving to 'pen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) The Rangers will activate pitcher Joe Saunders from the disabled list in time for Wednesday's game against the Twins, when he will make his return to the rotation, reports FOXSports.com Saturday.

Saunders, who has been pitching on a minor-league rehab assignment recently after overcoming an ankle injury, will make the start Wednesday instead of Scott Baker. Baker will instead be moved to a long-relief role. 


Joe Saunders' next step not yet known


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders joined the team in Detroit Thursday, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is close to returning to the majors just yet.

Saunders will throw a bullpen session Friday for pitching coach Mike Maddux, but might be sent back down to continue a rehab session afterward. That depends on whether Scott Baker is able to get through Friday's start with ease; if he does, Saunders will likely make a fifth rehab start at Triple-A Round Rock, according to The Dallas Morning News

Saunders is fully recovered from foot and ankle injuries that occurred during his first start of the season. 


Joe Saunders will need at least two more rehab starts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Rangers pitcher Joe Saunders threw 97 pitches in a minor-league rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

Saunders yielded two runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over five innings. He will likely need at least two more starts in order to tweak some mechanical issues, MLB.com reports.