Saunders joins the Phils in 2017, he had a monster ALCS last year batting .429 in 5 games but before that, not too much but he was an All-Star last year
The Phillies GM and team President must be under some sort of rule that they don't go past a one-year contract with the signing of any free agent player that they look at.
The team hired another high priced option for 1-year in Michael Saunders from the Toronto Blue Jays. Never heard of Saunders? You're not alone, he's not a household word and it completely amazes me that we'll be paying him $9M for 2017 with an option for 2018 at $11M.
In 2016, Saunders made $2.9M in Toronto, that's about right for a player of his caliber, how in the world do the Phillies think he's worth $9M for a year. Yes, the Phillies will be paying him in 2017 almost what he's made in his entire career but why us? The only explanation is that the team doesn't think Saunders year was a fluke, but his batting average has never been really good his whole career.
A few years ago, Michael Saunders had many years with the Seattle Mariners organization, it ended there after the many injuries that Saunders had piled up, left the Mariners with little to no options to set him free. Here's an excerpt from an article in the Seattle Times from 2014:
|162 Game Avg.||162||516||69||121||26||4||17||56||151||.235||.309|
|SEA (6 yrs)||553||1716||226||396||82||14||51||182||489||.231||.301|
|TOR (2 yrs)||149||521||72||130||32||3||24||60||167||.250||.336|