9:58 am: The Mets, Twins, Padres and Orioles all remain interested in Saunders (Duquette, SiriusXM Radio).
Jan. 16: The Padres are not in on Saunders or Shaun Marcum, and haven’t been all winter (Brock, MLB.com).
Jan 16: The Twins are pursuing Saunders (Morosi, FOX Sports).
Jan. 5: Saunders is seeking a three-year contract (Rosenthal, FOX Sports).
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Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:The Mets are unlikely to replace the 233 innings R.A. Dickey gave them last year from one individual. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t come up with the innings between a new face and added contributions from the holdovers (and potential internal arms) in the rotation.
In regards to Saunders, a three-year commitment might not be a good fit considering what is coming up through the organization in that timeframe. But if those demands come down, he could be a guy who can help find the innings the Mets seek. He isn’t going to “wow” anyone with his stuff, but he’s proven to be a durable and steady left handed pitcher over the course of his career, although he did deal with a shoulder problem last year which caused him to miss a month. If he had stayed healthy, he could have easily thrown 200 or more innings last season. He usually sits in the upper 80s to low 90s with his fastball and off-sets that with a good tailing change-up. He pitches to contact and gives up a lot of home runs, but pitching in more pitcher-friendly parks – such as Citi Field and the rest of the parks in the NL East – would probably reduce that number.
Stats: Saunders, 31, went 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA in 28 starts with the Diamondbacks and Orioles in 2012, allowing 195 hits, 39 walks, and 21 home runs in 174 2/3 innings. He has pitched at least 185 innings in four of the last five seasons.
Contract: Saunders signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Diamondbacks prior to the 2012 season.