Will Seattle Mariners Trade Starter Joe Saunders at Deadline?

By Michael Terrill
Will Seattle Mariners Trade Starter Joe Saunders at Deadline
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With the Major League Baseball trade deadline on Wednesday, starting pitcher Joe Saunders is holding his breath. The veteran is someone the Seattle Mariners very well could deal if the right offer comes up. Considering what Saunders did for the Baltimore Orioles last year, many teams looking to make a playoff push make take a chance.

Saunders began the 2012 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks but was traded to the Orioles in August. He helped Baltimore go on an incredible tear to reach the postseason for the first time since 1997. Saunders pitched far better with the Orioles than he did with the Diamondbacks, as he posted a 3-3 record with a 3.63 earned run average in 44 2/3 innings with the team. More importantly, he handled the postseason with ease as he went 1-0 and surrendered only two earned runs against the two top offenses in the American League last season – Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

The 32-year-old has performed decently this season. He is 9-10 with a 4.65 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 129 2/3 innings. The numbers are not exactly jumping off the page, but they are good enough for a team that could use a solid arm in the postseason, if it comes to that.

Even though Saunders does not want to leave the Mariners, he understands that when it boils down to it baseball is a business.

“You just have to go out there and pitch,” Saunders said, according to Mariners.com. “It’s really out of your hands. You’ve got to go out there and do your job and whatever happens, happens. You can’t control it.

“I preach that. Why are you going to worry about it? Whatever happens, I’d like to be here. I love playing here. I think we’ve got a good thing going with these guys. These young guys are starting to come into their own and I’d like to be a part of it.”

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