Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
6 days ago

Saunders said Thursday that he will not play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders said he wants to stay in camp to get to know his new teammates and to get comfortable playing with everyone on the field. He is set to open the season as the Phillies' starting right fielder.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
1 month ago

The Phillies officially announced the signing of Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018 on Thursday, Corey Seidman of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders will earn $9 million this season and the club option for 2018 is worth $11 million with escalators that could push the total value to $14 million. He will start in right field for the Phillies this season and will be trade bait this summer if the team is not in playoff contention. Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment to make room for Saunders on the Phillies' roster.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
1 month ago

Saunders and the Phillies have agreed on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The exact details of the agreement have not yet been released, but it's believed to be a one-year deal with a potential option for the 2018 season. The 30-year-old spent last season in Toronto, hitting .243 with 24 home runs and 57 RBI. Saunders figures to be the Phillies' regular starter in right field against right-handed pitchers, and he'll likely platoon with Aaron Altherr when facing a southpaw. Saunders is a career .236 hitter versus righties (1,556 career at-bats), compared to .233 versus lefties (681 at-bats).

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
4 months ago

Saunders did not receive a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays and is now a free agent, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

A draft pick will not be attached to Saunders, which will make him all the more appealing in free agency. He played 108 games in left field and 22 games in right field in 2016, while also getting a handful of starts as the designated hitter. Saunders has slightly better career splits against righties (100 wRC+ against RHP, 90 wRC+ against LHP), so he could occupy the strong side of a corner outfield platoon with whatever team signs him.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
4 months ago

Saunders is unlikely to be extended a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

EDGE Analysis

Heyman points to a rough finish as to why the Jays are hesitant to give Saunders an offer. After hitting a robust .281/.366/.536 through the end of June, Saunders fell flat in the final two months of the season with a .186/.267/.338 line in August and September. Not that Saunders is complaining, as no draft pick compensation should significantly open up his free agent market.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
4 months ago

The Jays remain noncommittal regarding Saunders, a potential free agent, and whether they will make a qualifying offer to keep him in 2017, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders was hitting .298 when he won the final spot on the AL All-Star team. However, his average slumped to .253 by the end of the campaign. The price of a qualifying offer this year is $17.2 million, and realistically, the 29-year-old outfielder likely isn't worth that price. In a season-ending news conference Monday, general manager Ross Atkins said the Jays are still pondering what to do with Saunders, who hit a career-high 24 home runs this season. On the other hand, Atkins said the club fully intends to extend qualifying offers to teammates Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
5 months ago

Saunders is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders has posted an underwhelming .196/.278/.357 line over the last 30 games, during which he's struck out 25 times across 70 at-bats. He'll give way to Melvin Upton on Sunday when the Blue Jays face David Price.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
5 months ago

Saunders is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders continues to slump down the stretch, as a 1-for-8 showing over the last three games dropped his average on the month down to just .154, and so even with the right-handed Rick Porcello set to oppose Toronto, Saunders will take a seat Friday. Jose Bautista will get the start in right field, with Edwin Encarnacion serving as the DH.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
5 months ago

Saunders went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in Sunday's victory over the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

After jumping out to a record pace in the first half, the outfielder's production has fallen off the table since the All-Star break. He's hitting just .181/.284/.374 since the Mid-Summer Classic, versus .298/.372/.551 before the break. September has been Saunders' worst month of the season, hitting a measly .151 with 19 strikeouts in 53 at-bats.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF PHI
5 months ago

Saunders is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

With lefty Drew Smyly on the mound for the Rays, Saunders will take a seat as the Jays go with a starting outfield of Melvin Upton, Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera. Saunders is actually hitting better against lefties (.282) than righties (.259) on the season but has found slightly more success against right-handers over the course of his major league career.