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Joe Saunders only wants to start, but he’s not a good starter

May 6, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

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Joe Saunders is on the disabled list with an ankle injury and when he’s ready to return the Rangers may not have a rotation spot for him. That means the veteran left-hander could shift to the bullpen except he’s very much against that idea, telling Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas:

For me it’s all about starting and helping this team win games as a starter. It’s what I signed to do and what they signed me to do.

Technically true, although in reality what the Rangers signed Saunders to do was provide some emergency rotation depth while a bunch of their starters were banged up and now that’s not really needed.

As for the whole “helping this team win games as a starter” thing, Saunders has a 5.35 ERA in 33 starts since the beginning of last season and a 4.42 ERA in 158 starts dating all the way back to 2009. Considering those numbers and his extreme lefty/righty splits a move to the bullpen might actually help prolong the 32-year-old southpaw’s career.

  1. byjiminy - May 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Or maybe they could ask opposing teams to start all lefties?

  2. tysonpunchinguterus - May 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    It’s always interesting to me when I see below-average players act like they’re much better than they are and not realize that they’re lucky to even have a roster spot. It’s not 2008 anymore.

  3. thetxhammer - May 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Well Joe, you can wish in one hand and crap in the other, see which gets filled first.

    • rollinghighwayblues - May 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      Jim Adler, is that you?

  4. cshearing - May 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    We all know why these guys hate being moved to the pen; the contract offers go way down. Starters always seem to get more money than a reliever, unless you are a top-end closer.

    • genericcommenter - May 7, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      True, but useful relievers with secure roster spots make more than 7th starters hanging on with minor league/minimum deals.

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