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Royals release Joe Saunders

Jul 31, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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Joe Saunders has been released from Triple-A by the Royals, who’re the fourth organization to cut bait on the veteran left-hander this season.

Saunders allowed 17 runs in 18.2 innings after signing a minor-league deal with the Royals three weeks ago and overall this season he has a 5.18 ERA in the minors and a 6.13 ERA in the majors.

Saunders has said previously that he’s only interested in starting, but at this point he’s presumably running out of teams willing to give him that opportunity and, as a 33-year-old with extreme platoon splits for his entire career, switching to the bullpen could get him back to the majors much more easily.

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  1. pisano - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Who could have ever seen this coming?

  2. tigersfandan - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Pardon me for stating the obvious, but it’s not generally good to go through four teams in one season. Unless, of course, you are Jose Bautista.

  3. doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    forgot he was even there

  4. vols84 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Be Royal, Kansas City

  5. rbj1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    If you’re content with the $23 million you’ve made, then enjoy the rest of your life.

  6. historiophiliac - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM


  7. edelmanfanclub - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Its over man. You are not a starter anymore. Hell .283 BAA, and every season but when you had 17 wins in 08 makes you seem average. But you can cut it as a lefty reliever, Maybe. So try that.

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