Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular season starts with the Orioles, told The Baltimore Sun earlier this offseason that he wanted to return to Baltimore because he wanted to play for a contender while remaining close to home. He grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Virginia Tech.
He gave the Orioles a veteran presence, especially in the postseason, when he threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Orioles' 5-1 win at Texas in the
The Orioles acquired Saunders last August from the Diamondbacks in exchange for reliever
Saunders was looking for a multi-year deal, but apparently couldn't find it anywhere, choosing to sign with the Mariners, according to a report by FOXSports.com, pending a physical. The Orioles were willing to offer a one-year contract to Saunders.