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Reports: Mariners add Saunders to rotation

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On the same day the Seattle Mariners reportedly agreed with right-hander Felix Hernandez on a big-money contract extension, the team might have added another starting pitcher.

Left-hander Joe Saunders agreed to a one-year deal with Seattle on Thursday, multiple media outlets reported.

Saunders went 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles last season. Saunders, who would step into a mostly right-handed rotation in Seattle, is 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in nine starts at Safeco Field.

In eight major league seasons for the Los Angeles Angels, Diamondbacks and Orioles, Saunders has a 78-65 record with a 4.15 ERA in 189 starts. He was an All-Star for the Angels in 2008, when he went 17-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 31 starts.

Saunders, 31, pitched the Orioles to a win over the Texas Rangers last year in the American League wild-card game, and he was effective in a no-decision against the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series.

According to multiple media reports, Hernandez agreed to five-year, $135.5 million extension Thursday, beyond the two years and $39.5 million he had remaining on his existing deal.
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