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Joe Saunders wants a three-year contract

Jan 5, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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In a world where Joe Blanton gets two years with an option, Jeremy Guthrie gets three years and Edwin Jackson gets four, Joe Saunders wants his piece of the pie.

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Saunders was originally seeking a four-year deal last month and is now looking for a three-year deal. While the 31-year-old southpaw told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he would “love to come back to Baltimore,” Encina hears that the O’s are prepared to walk away if he doesn’t lower his demands.

Saunders posted a 4.07 ERA and 112/39 K/BB ratio in 174 2/3 innings last season between the Diamondbacks and Orioles and has made at least 28 starts in five straight seasons. The Mariners, Mets, Padres and Twins are among the other teams who have expressed interest this winter.

  1. cackalackyank - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    I want world peace, I want a Mercedes SLK 550, I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, but I know I will get none of these. Get used to dissapointment, Joe.

  2. rhett16 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    3 years for a soft tossing lefty? Doug Melvin can’t get to his phone fast enough.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Aim high and settle for what you can get.

  4. fanofevilempire - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    The Red Saux will give 3 yrs @ 39 mil.

  5. djjackson81 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    As the phone just rang either dodgers or Texas calling

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