Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
2 days ago

The Phillies released Saunders on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders and his $9 million contract unsurprisingly passed through waivers unclaimed, so the Phillies have given him his release. He is now eligible to sign with any team for the minimum.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
5 days ago

Saunders was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After being named an All-Star last season, Saunders struggled through the first half of 2017 before being cast off the Phillies' 40-man roster. The 30-year-old managed a weak .205/.257/.360 triple slash with six homers and 51 strikeouts in 200 at-bats this season (61 games). Given his $9 million contract, he'll likely pass through waivers and sign elsewhere for cheaper.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
1 week ago

Saunders was scratched from the lineup prior to Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

When lineups were initially released Sunday morning, Saunders was penciled in to bat sixth and start in right field. Manager Pete Mackanin has since decided to shake things up by moving Aaron Altherr to right field and having Daniel Nava start in left.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
1 week ago

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a double in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders got the start in right field after sitting on the bench the prior three games. He snapped an 0-for-19 skid Saturday while also putting together his first multi-hit game since May 28. The veteran outfielder will need to continue to capitalize on his opportunities to try to earn back some of the playing time he has lost to Daniel Nava.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
2 weeks ago

Saunders is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Saunders will hit the bench with left-hander Brian Johnson pitching for Boston for the first game in Philly. The Phillies outfield will consist of Daniel Nava, Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr for the evening, and there's a good chance they could also keep Saunders on the bench for another day with Chris Sale tabbed to start for the Red Sox on Thursday.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
2 weeks ago

Manager Pete Mackanin said Saunders will likely be on the bench with the Red Sox set to send left-handed starters to the mound in each of the next three games, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders has just one hit in the month of June and is hitting just .203/.250/.359 in 192 at-bats this season. There is playing time to be had in the outfield with Howie Kendrick starting at second base in place of the injured Cesar Hernandez (oblique), but Saunders' struggles have opened the door for Daniel Nava to get more playing time.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
2 weeks ago

Saunders is out of the lineup Monday against the Red Sox, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Phillies have a spot open in the lineup now that Cesar Hernandez (oblique) is on the 10-day disabled list, but it appears it's not a foregone conclusion that Saunders will fill the void like some might have anticipated. Saunders started in right field Sunday against the Cardinals with Aaron Altherr receiving the day off, but with Altherr back in the lineup Monday, it's Daniel Nava -- not Saunders -- who will stick in the starting nine. Nava hit his third home run of the season Sunday and is now carrying a .313/.434/.493 line over 83 plate appearances, which could prompt manager Pete Mackanin to give the veteran a longer look in a full-time role. Saunders should at least be in store for semi-regular duties in the Phillies outfield, but he could see his at-bats dry up if Nava continues to sizzle.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
2 weeks ago

Saunders will start in right field and bat fifth Sunday against the Cardinals, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Saunders' fantasy value looked to be trending downward after he began to lose out on at-bats following the recent activation of Howie Kendrick, but it appears he could soon settle back into a near-everyday role. With second base Cesar Hernandez (oblique) landing on the disabled list, Kendrick will shift over to the keystone in Sunday's game, and could end up settling in at the position for the duration of Hernandez's absence. If that's the case, It would likely open up a regular spot for Saunders in the outfield, giving the Phillies another power threat in the middle of the lineup.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
3 weeks ago

Manager Pete Mackanin indicated that Odubel Herrera, Howie Kendrick, and Aaron Altherr are going to stay in the lineup if they keep hitting which leaves Saunders in a reserve role, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "At this point, I've got to play those guys," Mackanin said. "It'll all even out. At some point, they will get a rest. If they keep swinging the bat, we're going to keep it going."

EDGE Analysis

The Phillies signed Saunders for $9 million prior to this season with the hopes of trading him before the July 31 deadline. That looks unlikely to happen at this point given his meager production. The team is likely to deal Kendrick at some point, but that figures to open up playing time for one of their outfield prospects to come up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It is hard to see Saunders working his way back into a regular role, barring injury or a significant slump from one of the other outfielders on the roster.

Michael Saunders
LF/RF FA
3 weeks ago

Saunders is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

EDGE Analysis

With lefty Jaime Garcia toeing the rubber for Atlanta, Saunders will head to the bench for another day off. Aaron Altherr will man right field in his stead, and could continue to do so unless Saunders can prove to be competent at the plate again following his rough start to the season.