Originally written January 30, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Even after signing free agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens, the Baltimore Orioles continue to pursue left-hander Joe Saunders, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. Here’s what I know for sure -- at least heading into Monday: Both sides still want a marriage and are hopeful it will happen, but both have a pretty clear idea of what it will take, and neither side has blinked yet. Connolly believes that if Saunders signs a one-year contract this winter it will likely be with the Orioles. The veteran has made it clear that he’d prefer to rejoin Baltimore, and the O’s remain hopeful that a deal can be completed. However, Saunders is seeking a multi-year contract, and the Orioles are only interested in one guaranteed year with an option for a second. Connolly gets the sense that Baltimore’s recent agreement with Jair Jurrjens didn’t shut the door on a potential Saunders deal. If the O’s sign Saunders, they would be able to start Jurrjens in Triple-A if there is not room in their starting rotation for him. There are reports that Saunders has a two-year offer on the table. It’s not clear which team has extended this contract, but the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners have also been tied to Saunders this offseason. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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