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Royals sign Joe Saunders

Jul 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Joe Saunders AP AP

Released by the Rangers last week, left-hander Joe Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals and will report to Triple-A.

Saunders has repeatedly insisted on being viewed only as a starter despite having a 5.42 ERA in 40 starts since the beginning of last season and career-long platoon splits that suggest the 33-year-old could still fare well as a situational southpaw reliever.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star writes that the Royals indeed still view Saunders as a starter, but may also try to use him as a middle reliever down the stretch. For now he’ll try to impress in Omaha.

  1. Dave Stevenson - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Can he be the pitcher for the Home Run Derby?

  2. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    why

  3. knoiro - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Holy cow a pitcher with only 3 years (one of them only 40 innings) out of 10 with an ERA under 4.00 and the Royals think he can get someone out. Some one has been hitting the sauce way too often to be making a sane judgement call on this one.

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