Thursday, January 19, 2012

With the all the talk about Victor Martinez's injury, did the Tigers miss the boat on Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders got one-year and $6 million to re-sign, essentially with his tail between his legs, with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Should the Tigers, who need a fifth starter, taken a run at Saunders under the circumstances?
He was 12-13 last season with a 3.69 ERA. With the exception of one brilliant season in 2008 when he was with the Angels, Saunders has given up a lot more hits than innings pitched and doesn't miss many bats.
He is a 90 mph lefty with guile. He is consistent, though. He is good for 180 to 210 innings. Saunders pitched 212 innings last season, hasn't been hurt been hurt and is left-handed, and the Tigers rotation, as solid as it figures to be, doesn't have a left-hander.
He posted his numbers in the National League last season, but is used the American League from his time with the Angels.
Initially, I didn't really think the Tigers would take a run at Saunders. He is just 30, looking for a long-term deal and figured to be relatively expense.
But a year at $6 million?


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