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J.A Happ Off To A Fast Start With The Seattle Mariners

J.A Happ has been outstanding for the Mariners through 4 starts in 2015. The Seattle Mariners pulled off a trade in early December with the Toronto Blue Jays that involved sending outfielder Michael Saunders to Toronto for starter J.A Happ. In a rotation that is filled with proven talent in Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma plus young talent in James Paxton and Taijuan...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
36 minutes ago  |  Discuss

J.A. Happ — The Seattle Mariners Ace From Nowhere

Happ Still Not Fully Appreciated By M’s Fans It’s always interesting when a team’s fans fall in love with a particular player.  It happens quite often when you stop and think about it.  After it happens, that player can virtually do no wrong that will undo that love. Seattle loving a future HOF’r in Griffey makes sense, despite what he did. Take the Seattle Mariners...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadians Well Represented in Toronto Blue Jays Lineup

By Michael Weber. Oh Canada….On Saturday night the Toronto Blue Jays made major league baseball history.  No, it didn’t having anything to do with their 4 – 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.   It had everything to do with home-grown talent.  For the first time ever three Canadian-born position players were in the starting lineup. Starting catcher Russell Martin, right fielder...
Via Beyond The Spread
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays have record 3 Canadian position players in lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have made major league history by putting three Canadian-born position players in the starting lineup. The Blue Jays started catcher Russell Martin and outfielders Michael Saunders and Dalton Pompey against Tampa Bay on Saturday night. Never before had a big league team started three Canadian position players. The Montreal Expos twice...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays activate OF Saunders from DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have activated outfielder Michael Saunders from the 15-day disabled list. The Blue Jays also designated infielder-outfielder Steve Tolleson for assignment after Friday night's 12-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Saunders hasn't played in the majors this season after injuring his left knee in spring training. Saunders hit .273 with eight homers...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardy And Gardy Show Episode 95: Marshall Kelner

Brand spanking new Play by Play man Marshall Kelner joined Brent Cardy to discuss his new position,his love for baseball and the Dunedin Blue Jays. Marshall gave us the low down on who to keep an eye on this upcoming season and talks about how Michael Saunders has impacted the D-Jays. We wish Marshall nothing but the best you can follow him on Twitter @MarshallKelner. The post Cardy...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Face Difficult Decision Ahead

Canadian Michael Saunders is almost ready for action after tearing the meniscus in his left knee during practice in late February. After stepping on a sprinkler head while shagging balls, Saunders’ original timeline for return had him coming back at the All-Star break. Now, after conducting successful surgery, the outfielder is a week away from return, maybe even less. Saunders...
Via Baseball Essential
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Much Too Early Seattle Mariners 2015 Report Card

Are McClendon’s Bunch Who We Thought? With roughly a week’s worth of baseball in the books for the 2015 Seattle Mariners, I think it’s far, far too early to be judging their performances.  After all, there is a reason why all the good stats end with the words average or percentage. You have batting average, earned run average, on-base percentage and so on.  Those numbers...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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
March 22, 2015  |  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
March 19, 2015  |  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
March 01, 2015  |  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
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