Quasi-big news from the Phillies, who will reportedly sign Michael Saunders. From Jim Salisbury:
The Phillies are putting the finishing touches on a deal with outfielder Michael Saunders, according to a source.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported the deal was close early Monday afternoon.
When the medical reviews and other loose ends are complete, Saunders will end up with a one-year contract for 2017. It is believed that there will be an option for 2018.
Saunders, 30, will give the Phils the left-handed bat they’ve been looking for in the outfield. Saunders is likely to play right field and his addition will likely push Roman Quinn back to Triple A, where he will get more seasoning.
Not bad. Saunders hit 24 home runs last season with a .815 OPS. Most of his home runs, however, came in the first half. He’s a left-hander with some pop who has historically hit for a low average while striking out a lot. In other words– he was made to be a Phillie.
Saunders gives the Phillies the left handed power hitter that they sorely need to… you know, approach .500 this season.