Michael Saunders

#21, LF, Philadelphia
Michael Saunders
  • Height:
    6-4
  • Weight:
    228
  • Bats:
    L
  • Throws:
    R
  • Born:
    November 19, 1986
  • Birth Place:
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • College:
    Tallahassee (FL) CC
  • Draft:
    2004 11ᵗʰ round by the Seattle Mariners
  • AVG
    .253
  • HR
    24
  • RBI
    57
  • R
    70


Player Notes
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report news of the agreement, and now Rosenthal brings the financial terms. It's a pretty good buy-low on a guy who made the American League All-Star team in 2016 before stumbling badly in the second half. He still finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Saunders, a left-handed batter, should draw regular starts in the corner outfield with Philadelphia and could offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues.

More: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter

Mon, Jan 16 Rotoworld
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Phillies have reached a deal with Michael Saunders.

Advice: Heyman says the two sides were discussing a one-year contract with an option for 2018. No word yet on the financial details. Saunders struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter after his dreadful second half last year in Toronto, but he could make for a good buy-low on the part of the rebuilding Phillies, who had been looking for a left-handed bat. If the 30-year-old outfielder gets off to another hot start, the Phils can use him as trade bait at this year's deadline.

More: Jon Heyman on Twitter

Mon, Jan 16 Rotoworld
According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Phillies are nearing an agreement with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

Advice: This had been a slow-going offseason for Saunders, who cratered in the second half last season in Toronto after earning his first All-Star nod with a blistering start. He'll try to improve his stock with the rebuilding Phillies, possibly becoming trade bait for them at some point this summer. There should be some deep-league and daily fantasy value here --- Saunders finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS in 2016. His first-half OPS was .923. His second-half OPS was .638.

More: Jon Morosi on Twitter

Mon, Jan 16 Rotoworld
Free agent Michael Saunders reiterated that he hopes to be back with the Blue Jays in 2017.

Advice: "I'm waiting for the right deal for me and my family," said Saunders. "I'm hoping to stay in Toronto and hopefully finding out soon." Saunders has gotten the cold shoulder from teams this winter despite making his first All-Star team in 2016. A return to Toronto would make sense for both sides, especially if Jose Bautista lands elsewhere. Saunders could also be an option for the Orioles if they lose Mark Trumbo in free agency.

More: Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter

Sat, Jan 14 Rotoworld
According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Blue Jays have "remained in contact" with free agent outfielder Michael Saunders.

Advice: He's also believed to be drawing interest from the Orioles. Saunders had a terrific first half for Toronto in 2016, earning his first American League All-Star nod, but he went on to bat .186/.267/.338 over the final two months of the regular season. The 30-year-old native of British Columbia has battled injuries and inconsistency throughout his eight-year MLB career.

More: Jon Morosi on Twitter

Thu, Jan 12 Rotoworld

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Friday, February 24 - (Preseason)

Head-to-head vs. NY Yankees

Head-to-head vs. NY Yankees
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Career vs. NYY 54 166 16 33 12 0 5 13 8 51 2 4 .199 .240 .361 .601
Away (this year) 71 249 36 60 12 2 14 32 27 75 0 1 .241 .323 .474 .797
Day (this year) 50 172 19 36 9 0 5 14 20 55 0 0 .209 .301 .349 .650
Last game vs. NYY 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Batting
Last 10 Games Season To Date
Date Opp. Score AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct 19 CLE L 0-3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429 .429 .643 1.071
Oct 18 CLE W 5-1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .385 .385 .615 1.000
Oct 17 CLE L 2-4 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Oct 15 @CLE L 1-2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Oct 14 @CLE L 0-2 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Oct 9 TEX W 7-6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
Oct 7 @TEX W 5-3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Oct 4 BAL W 5-2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
Oct 2 @BOS W 2-1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .253 .338 .478 .815
Oct 1 @BOS W 4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .254 .339 .480 .818
Career Stats
Batting
Batting
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2009 SEA 46 122 13 27 1 3 0 4 6 40 4 1 .221 .258 .279 .537
2010 SEA 100 289 29 61 11 2 10 33 35 84 6 3 .211 .295 .367 .662
2011 SEA 58 161 16 24 5 0 2 8 12 56 6 2 .149 .207 .217 .424
2012 SEA 139 507 71 125 31 3 19 57 43 132 21 4 .247 .306 .432 .738
2013 SEA 132 406 59 96 23 3 12 46 54 118 13 5 .236 .323 .397 .720
2014 SEA 78 231 38 63 11 3 8 34 26 59 4 5 .273 .341 .450 .791
2015 TOR 9 31 2 6 0 0 0 3 5 10 0 0 .194 .306 .194 .499
2016 TOR 140 490 70 124 32 3 24 57 59 157 1 2 .253 .338 .478 .815
Totals 702 2237 298 526 114 17 75 242 240 656 55 22 .235 .309 .402 .711
Fielding
Fielding
Year Team G POS GS INN PO TC A E DP FPCT
2009 SEA 39 LF 34 312 89 90 0 1 0 .989
2010 SEA 77 LF 74 647 165 177 8 4 4 .977
2010 SEA 14 CF 11 108 32 32 0 0 0 1.000
2011 SEA 46 CF 42 376 118 119 1 0 0 1.000
2011 SEA 12 LF 5 67 21 21 0 0 0 1.000
2012 SEA 113 CF 107 974 268 275 3 4 1 .985
2012 SEA 22 LF 22 183 41 42 1 0 0 1.000
2012 SEA 5 RF 4 31 6 6 0 0 0 1.000
2013 SEA 78 CF 69 627 173 178 4 1 2 .994
2013 SEA 34 RF 28 246 60 61 1 0 0 1.000
2013 SEA 24 LF 12 124 22 24 2 0 0 1.000
2014 SEA 68 RF 53 480 104 105 1 0 0 1.000
2014 SEA 12 CF 9 75 23 23 0 0 0 1.000
2014 SEA 1 LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
2015 TOR 6 RF 6 49 5 8 3 0 0 1.000
2015 TOR 3 LF 3 26 7 7 0 0 0 1.000
2016 TOR 106 LF 100 884 153 160 5 2 0 .988
2016 TOR 22 RF 22 172 35 35 0 0 0 1.000
2016 TOR 1 CF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
Totals 683 LF 601 5388 1322 1363 29 12 7 .991