It has been announced on January 16, 2017 that the Philadelphia Phillies have signed free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option pending medical review. The 30-year old lefty outfielder is coming off a career year with the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he hit .253 / .338 / .478 with a career high 24 home runs. 2016 also marked his first career All-Star Game appearance after several injury-ridden seasons with the Seattle Mariners and one injury-laden season with the Jays.

Right now the Phillies outfield is a mixed bag. The outfield has only one certainty in center fielder Odubel Herrera, who recently signed a long term deal through 2022. They also have Aaron Altherr, top prospect Tyler Goeddel, second baseman and outfielder Howie Kendrick, along with non-roster invitees in Daniel Nava, Cam Perkins and Andrew Pullin. To say the least, Saunders would be able to serve as a right fielder and designated hitter in games in American League parks.

Saunders is good insurance for the Phillies and if he continues his hot hitting, he will be a good piece at the deadline for a team who needs a power outfielder. It is a win-win for Matt Klentak and his front office.


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Adam Seth Moss is a graduate of Western Illinois University (WIU)with a Masters in History. Adam is the lead autosport writer and a guest writer for the River Avenue Blues blog. He is a fan of the Yankees and Mets and enjoys writing about baseball history, particularly the Yankees. On Armchair, he serves as the modern-day equivalent to the late Andy Rooney, having radical views on just about everything.
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Adam Seth Moss is a graduate of Western Illinois University (WIU)with a Masters in History. Adam is the lead autosport writer and a guest writer for the River Avenue Blues blog. He is a fan of the Yankees and Mets and enjoys writing about baseball history, particularly the Yankees. On Armchair, he serves as the modern-day equivalent to the late Andy Rooney, having radical views on just about everything.

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