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Joe Saunders expected to make decision this week on where he’ll sign

Jan 19, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

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After holding out for a three-year deal for most of the winter, it appears that Joe Saunders is close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2013.

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said at the team’s FanFest event today that Saunders is “probably going to make a decision this week.” The Orioles have maintained interest in retaining the veteran southpaw, but Duquette doesn’t have a “real sense” of whether he’ll be back and plans to pursue other veteran pitchers if he opts to sign elsewhere.

Saunders is unlikely to get the three-year contract he covets this late in the winter, so he may have to settle for a one- or two-year deal. The Twins and Mets are among the other clubs who have been connected to him in recent days.

Saunders, 31, posted a 4.07 ERA and 112/39 K/BB ratio over 174 2/3 innings last season with the Diamondbacks and Orioles. He owns a 4.15 ERA over eight seasons in the majors.

  1. pauleee - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I suspect he’ll sign on the dotted line. But he’d better do it quickly, before the fool who placed that contract in front of him snaps out of it and yanks it out of his hands.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    The angst is almost over. Saunders has made us wait a long time before making his momentous decision. The fate of the 2013 season hangs in the balance.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Boooo! Don’t be sour Canadian grapes. It was nice to see the O’s do well last year. I hope they have a good showing again.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        “Grapes” is a loud mouthed hockey “know it all.”

      • historiophiliac - Jan 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        The things you learn about Canada.

  3. byjiminy - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Pretty sad when the only teams you’re “linked to” are the Twins and the Mets. And I’m a Twins fan.

    Given his K rate in the low 5’s, I’d have to say the Twins are serious contenders.

    But given the Twins’ cheapness, I’d say the favorite is still Baltimore.

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