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Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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From’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014.

To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s a 26-year-old with a decent .740 career OPS and should draw interest from several teams.

Saunders, 31, registered a 4.07 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 174 2/3 innings last season between the D’Backs and Orioles. He had a 3.69 ERA in 212 innings with Arizona in 2011, though he struck out only 108 hitters.

Seattle has added Saunders, Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Kelly Shoppach, Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay so far this offseason. And Jon Garland and Kameron Loe, if you want to count them too.

  1. tc4306 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    In some universe it makes sense to sign Jason Bay and cut Mike Carp….
    But not in this universe.

    • mashoaf - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      They’re still terrible with either player…

    • seahawks55 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:41 AM

      I loved Jack Z at the start. Things like the Cliff Lee trade were brilliant. But I just cant do it anymore. He needs 81 wins to save his job. Mike Carp showed flashes of real talent at the end of 2011, but had 2012 derailed by injuries. Smoak couldn’t hit of a tee last season, but we’re keeping him? Jason Bay? C’mon man.

  2. Stiller43 - Feb 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Carp is certainly no Trout

    • quintjs - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      hard to decide whether to give this a thumbs up, or a thumbs down…

  3. 06mustang - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Carp is not going to devolop into a clutch player. He is fun to root for and a decent guy, but you can’t win or make money employing a guy you can’t promote. Hey, he has a lifetime of memories.

  4. riverace19 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Should we call the 2013 Mariners….King Felix and the Replacements? Don’t think there is a lot of WAR going on here.

    • jwbiii - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      No. That team would have a great backup singer and a decent guitar player. The Mariners, I think, lack those.

  5. tsi431 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Sad thing is, Carp would be the best OF on the Mets today.

    • IdahoMariner - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      that’s even funnier because carp is a really, really lousy outfielder. i am sure he is a nice guy, but i am not sorry that i don’t have to watch him anymore.

  6. proudlycanadian - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    So who ends up with Carp? Houston? Miami? New York Mets?

  7. ravenscaps48 - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Bummer to see Saunders leave. Oh well. Thanks for giving us O’s fans a night to remember in the play-in game and beating those cocaine rangers in Arlington

  8. mmason0071 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I always liked Carp, and this will probably turn out to be a blessing for his career. Based on past Mariner’s personnel moves, I bet Carp will end up playing somewhere and hitting 30 HR’s while Morse will flame out and end up on the bench because of his inept defense. I don’t understand why they DFA’d Carp, who has shown he can hit when healthy, and kept whiff machines like Carlos Pequero and Eric Thames.

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