Nine of the worst postseason managerial decisions
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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.
Rotowire: Feb 20 / 5:15p ET
News: Saunders signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Not much good can be said about Saunders' 2014 season -- he went 0-5 with a 6.70 ERA and 2.07 WHIP over 43 innings -- but the one positive is that he held opposing lefties to a combined .616 OPS. That number was basically identical to his career mark against left-handers (.617 OPS), and with Seattle rather thin on southpaws in the bullpen, it's possible Saunders could work his way into a specialist role with a strong spring.