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Taijuan Walker vs. Roenis Elias: Battle for Seattle’s Rotation

When the Mariners traded Michael Saunders to the Blue Jays for starter J.A. Happ, there was going to be one unhappy Mariners starting pitcher. When manager Lloyd McClendon came out and said, “We didn’t acquire J.A. Happ to pitch in the bullpen,” someone was going to have to take the fall for this move. It’s always good to have depth, so it looks as if the Mariners will have...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Did unsafe field contribute to injury for Jays' Michael Saunders?

  Most major-league teams train in sparkling complexes with immaculately groomed fields. The Toronto Blue Jays do not train in such a facility. And some with the club believe that an unsafe field may have contributed to an injury to the team’s new left fielder, Michael Saunders. The injury occurred on Feb. 25, when Saunders was shagging fly balls on a field at the Jays’ minor...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Lose Kevin Pillar to Sneeze

For a team with visions of the postseason, the spring training injuries and bad luck are mounting for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays have lost Marcus Stroman for the season on a fluke knee injury. Michael Saunders is now short 60% of his meniscus after stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield. Brett Cecil came to spring training with the flu and then tried to ramp up his workouts...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Stay Positive Despite Losing Two Important Players To Injury

  SARASOTA, Fla. — The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t even halfway through spring training, and they’re already striking out with multiple injuries. Marcus Stroman, the Jays’ promising second-year starter, tore his ACL on Tuesday, putting Toronto’s rotation in a less-than ideal position in the rough-and-tumble AL East just one month before Opening Day. But the Jays faced the...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Diamond: Remember Minnie Minoso, Bad News is Good News for Michael Saunders, WAR and Free Agents

We begin this edition of Around the Diamond remembering the life and career of Cuban outfielder Minnie Minoso who passed away over the weekend. Minoso played 12 seasons for the Chicago White Sox and was every bit a representative to the club as the late Ernie Banks was to the...
Via Philliedelphia
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign outfielder Dayan Viciedo to minor league deal

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Toronto Blue Jays have boosted their outfield depth, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays announced the deal Sunday. A few days earlier, Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays boost outfield depth, sign Dayan Viciedo

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have boosted their outfield depth, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract. The Blue Jays announced the deal Sunday. A few days earlier, Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball at training camp. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto OF Saunders could return in April after knee surgery

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders has undergone surgery on his left knee and could return to the team in five to six weeks. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Saunders might be back sooner than anticipated, possibly in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage in his knee Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly...
Via AP on Fox
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays Need Maicer Izturis To Be Useful

The Blue Jays have new players up and down their lineup — Russell Martin, Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, Michael Saunders, Devon Travis, etc. Dalton Pompey basically qualifies here as well. But one incumbent player may end up being just as, if not more, important than all of the new acquisitions — middle infielder Maicer Izturis. […]
Via Fangraphs
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays OF tears meniscus in freak sprinkler accident

  It’s that time of the year again.   For some reason, MLB spring training brings about the strangest and most unfortunate injuries. And Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders was 2015’s first victim, tearing his left meniscus after stepping on a sprinkler head while shagging balls. Saunders said he felt a pop when it happened. “I just tried to walk...
Via NESN.com
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Saunders Tears Meniscus in Freak Accident, out until All-Star Break

For a team full of turnover from last season and battles for position, there’s one less competitor for left field in spring training with Michael Saunders out after tearing his meniscus stepping on a sprinkler head in the outfield. Saunders stepped on sprinkler head in the OF. Total freak injury. No damage to acl or mcl but needs surgery to repair meniscus #bluejays — Barry...
Via Baseball Essential
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders tears meniscus after stepping on sprinkler head

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders has a torn meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be out until the All-Star break. Saunders sustained the while chasing a ball during batting practice on Wednesday morning.  He stepped on a sprinkler head while going for a ball and felt a pop. “My foot got jammed,” Saunders told a group of reporters on Thursday, per MLB...
Via Sports-Glory
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays’ Michael Saunders Suffers Torn Meniscus

When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Michael Saunders for pitcher J.A. Happ in a trade with the Seattle Mariners this offseason it appeared to be a match made in heaven for both teams. Saunders and the Mariners had issues surrounding his playing time, the Blue Jays needed a replacement for Melky Cabrera who signed with the Chicago White Sox and with the addition of rookie...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Jays' Michael Saunders injures knee injury, out until July

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls, tearing cartilage in his left knee and sidelining him until the All-Star break. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday surgery is likely but Saunders will seek a second opinion. Saunders said he felt a pop after stepping awkwardly on a sprinkler head Wednesday...
Via AP on Fox
February 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dalton Pompey: Center Fielder of the Present?

Following the departures of free agents Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, the Toronto Blue Jays were down two-thirds of last year’s opening day outfield. They filled one of these holes when they traded for Michael Saunders, but have opted to go the internal route in filling the other, turning to the inexperienced duo of Dalton Pompey […]
Via Fangraphs
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jays avoid arbitration with Estrada, Saunders

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have avoided arbitration with right-hander Marco Estrada and outfielder Michael Saunders by agreeing to one-year contracts. Estrada, acquired from Milwaukee last November for first baseman Adam Lind, agreed at $3.9 million, up from $3,365,000. He Estrada went 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 39 games with the Brewers last season. Saunders, acquired from Seattle...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Bet On Brandon McCarthy’s Shoulder

Durability can be a difficult thing to prove, but it can be an easier thing to demonstrate. And teams are fond of players they can count on, which is one of the reasons why Nick Markakis got four guaranteed years while the Mariners sold a relatively cheap Michael Saunders. Francisco Liriano has a history of […]
Via Fangraphs
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

I like being the only one saying something on a player. I do. It works against me sometimes -- hello, Cody Asche 2014 sleeper! -- sometimes it works in my favor -- hello, Michael Brantley 2014 sleeper. Michel Saunders reminds me of Michael Brantley, and I don't think it's because they share a first name, but it could be. Psychology is a weird phenomenon. One day you're a finicky...
Via Razzball
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: The Mariners Get Happy by R.J. Anderson and Wilson Karaman

The Mariners swap Michael Saunders for J.A. Happ in a trade that was preceded by a beef, and might itself precede another trade.
Via Baseball Prospectus
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian OF Michael Saunders 'honored' to join Blue Jays

  Michael Saunders says he used to daydream about playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Soon, he'll get to do it for real. A day after Toronto acquired the Canadian outfielder in a deal with the Seattle Mariners, Saunders said he was ''honored'' by the opportunity to play regularly on home soil. ''I think it was more of a storybook ending for me if you would, like. `One day it would...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Canadian OF Saunders 'honored' to join Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Michael Saunders says he used to daydream about playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Soon, he'll get to do it for real. A day after Toronto acquired the Canadian outfielder in a deal with the Seattle Mariners, Saunders said he was ''honored'' by the opportunity to play regularly on home soil. ''I think it was more of a storybook ending for me if you would, like. `One...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Busy Blue Jays Sign Justin Smoak, Trade For Michael Saunders

The Toronto Blue Jays signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1 million deal, and sent lefty J.A. Happ to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders, The Blue Jays claimed the 27-year-old Smoak in October, but non-tendered him on Tuesday to avoid paying him approximately $3 million in arbitration. Smoak played in 80 games last season for...
Via Baseball News Source
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners Land Pitcher J.A. Happ, Send Michael Saunders To Blue Jays

SEATTLE — The Toronto Blue Jays hope they found their starting left fielder in Michael Saunders, while the Seattle Mariners hope J.A. Happ will be another left-hander for their strong starting rotation. The Mariners sent Saunders to the Blue Jays on Wednesday in exchange for Happ, with the trade filling needs for both clubs. The Mariners were hoping to...
Via NESN.com
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners, Blue Jays swap Michael Saunders, J.A. Happ

Lost in the hysteria of the Nick Markakis signing was this little nugget that seemingly sets the Braves up for another move. The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays for starting pitcher J.A. Happ. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG — Jayson...
Via Bloguin Best
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mariners trade Michael Saunders to Blue Jays for Happ

Lost in the hysteria of the Nick Markakis signing was this little nugget that seemingly sets the Braves up for another move. The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Michael Saunders to the Toronto Blue Jays for starting pitcher J.A. Happ. #Mariners have traded OF Michael Saunders to #BlueJays for LHP J.A. Happ, according to a source. More to come at http://t.co/gtnhE8SFiG —...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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