Joe Saunders Reports to Orioles’ Minor League

Featured, Sports and Bets — August 6, 2014 at 6:30 am by

Former Oriole pitcher Joe Saunders was recently signed again by the O’s to a minor league deal. Tuesday, Saunders passed his physical and was activated for the Triple-A, Norfolk Tides. Saunders will be used out of the bull pen, possibly as a lefty specialist. Saunders was released by the Texas Rangers after really struggling this season. I mean really struggling. We’re talking an ERA above 6, which is down right awful.  He then was released by the Kansas City Royals, where he had posted a 1-2 record and a 6.75 ERA in Triple-A Omaha.  Ugh.

But who cares about what he did in Texas? Saunders pitched well with the Orioles in the 2012 season, and especially the postseason. Let’s not forget that he took the mound against the Rangers in the one game play-off that the Orioles went on to win to advance to the divisional series. That, of course, was the biggest win for the Orioles in, oh, say, 15 years or so. So despite whatever he’s done this year, Orioles’ fans should have good memories of Saunders. This is a classic Dan Duquette low risk move. If it doesn’t work out, who cares? But “Colonel” Joe Saunders had the winning recipe in 2012, and who knows, maybe he still has some of that winner-winner, chicken dinner, recipe left to share with the Orioles.  DD is certainly going to find out.


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