8:03 AM EST, Fri February 27, 2015

Mariners notebook: Saunders ready for any role; Wilhelmsen loses arbitration case

PEORIA, Ariz. — Veteran lefty Joe Saunders is ready to embrace any role the Mariners have in mind on his second go-round with the club after agreeing to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp. “ I’m a jack-of-all-trades these days,” he said Saturday before the Mariners conducted their first spring workout for pitchers and catchers at the Peoria Sports Complex. “I can do whatever…I feel I can be a lefty (situational) guy, a long guy out of the bullpen. I feel I can be a multiple-inning guy. I can be a starter. “I think that brings some value.” … ...
Mariners notebook: Saunders set to return, will get chance to win bullpen job

Mariners notebook: Saunders set to return, will get chance to win bullpen job

PEORIA, Ariz. — Veteran lefty Joe Saunders is back with the Mariners as a bullpen candidate after agreeing to terms on a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to big-league camp. The deal is contingent on Saunders passing a physical examination, but he is expected to take part Saturday when the Mariners open spring drills for pitchers and catchers. Saunders, 33, was 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA for the Mariners in 2013 before departing as a free agent. He spent last year with three organizations and closed the season by making six relief appearances for Baltimore. Those were the … ...

Ex-Texas Rangers get jobs

Left-hander Joe Saunders, who opened last season in the Texas Rangers’ rotation, and infielder Donnie Murphy both got into spring-training camps on Friday on minor-league deals. Saunders returned to Seattle, his club in 2013. Saunders was 0-5 with a 6.13 …
Lookout Landing Feb 20, 2015

Mariners bring back Joe Saunders after a year away

It doesn't feel good, but the M's are being creative in their attempts to find the final arms for their bullpen. As long as they don't let him start or face right-handed hitters ever, it could work. Maybe. Yesterday a rumor appeared that the Mariners were interested in bringing back Joe Saunders if he was willing to accept a bullpen role, which is simultaneously disgusting but not entirely a terrible thought. Saunders has been a pretty atrocious starting pitcher for a number of years, witnessed first hand by the Mariners in 2013, and to this date he remains one of the least fun pitchers...

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