When the Orioles acquired Saunders on Aug. 26, long after the non-waiver trade deadline had passed, the veteran lefty was 6-10 with a 4.22 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. At the time, one scout said that Saunders was nothing special, but would take the ball and give his all in key situations. The Orioles saw that in September and especially October, when Saunders allowed just one run each in road playoff starts against the mighty Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. In seven regular season starts with the Orioles, he was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA and allowed more than three earned runs only once. To get Saunders, it only cost the Lindstrom, who is now a free agent after the Diamondbacks did not pick up his option.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times