Nine of the worst postseason managerial decisions
OCT 12, 11:00a ET | Baseball Prospectus
Rotowire: Apr 1 / 10:53a ET
News: Saunders was released but re-signed with the Mariners on a new minor league deal Tuesday, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Rather than pay Saunders a $100,000 retention bonus as mandated by Rule XX (B) for major league free agents who signed minor league deals, the Mariners released Saunders and re-signed him on a new deal that isn't covered by those provisions. Saunders was recently reassigned to the minors after giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits and five walks over just 6.1 spring innings. He is not on the 40-man roster and will be hard-pressed to earn a spot this season.
Rotowire: Mar 29 / 2:59p ET
News: Saunders was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Saunders was expected to be out of the running for the second left-handed spot in the bullpen, and that has now been confirmed. He was likely surpassed in camp by both Dave Rollins and Tyler Olson, though Rollins has now been eliminated due to a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. Saunders will likely remain the top left-handed option for the Mariners should one of the two southpaws in the Mariners' bullpen suffers an injury, but he'll likely begin the season serving as organizational depth.
Rotowire: Mar 24 / 7:44a ET
News: Saunders, who has allowed seven runs in 4.1 spring innings, is likely out of the running for the second lefty job in the bullpen, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon left the door open for Saunders a bit. "I know veterans tend to come later in the spring," McClendon said. "So you have to be patient with your evaluation." Still, Dave Rollins and Tyler Olson have outpitched Saunders this spring. Lucas Luetge and Rafael Perez were both cut last week. It's not set in stone, either, that the Mariners will keep a second lefty behind Charlie Furbush.