My guess is I am averaging about five questions a day for the past two weeks on the
The veteran and Northern Virginia native must have made quite an impression in his month-plus time with the Orioles (I guess that’s what happens when you shut down the
The sense was that Saunders would make a decision last week -- that was Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's prediction. It didn't happen. And now, with two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Saunders still hasn't announced a landing spot.
Saunders is not the nervous type, so he and his people are obviously waiting for the right deal to come along. Still, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t get resolved this week. Saunders’ name resurfaced in Minnesota on Monday with a report that the
If Saunders signs a one-year contract, it's with the Orioles or it's for an eyebrow-raising amount of money. That's my feeling anyway. Saunders hasn't been shy about his interest in returning to Baltimore, but he has been seeking a multiyear deal.
Here's what I know for sure -- at least heading into Monday: Both sides still want a marriage and are hopeful it will happen, but both have a pretty clear idea of what it will take, and neither side has blinked yet.
I also get the sense that the Orioles’ agreement (pending physical) with right-hander
A couple different industry sources -- and, admittedly, none directly involved with the negotiations -- have told me that Saunders has a two-year offer on the table. The speculation is that it is worth roughly $15 million or so, and isn't from the Orioles.
Saunders made $6 million last year with the
That said, my sense is that two years for $15 million may be too rich for the Orioles' liking. They'd likely be much more comfortable with one year and an option for a second.
Understandably, Saunders’ side has been looking for more security (especially considering a guy like
I know Saunders' people were originally seeking a four-year deal and dropped it to three. Don't know if it has dipped lower now.
I’ve heard several teams mentioned in connection with Saunders in the past few months. There was some interest from one of his old teams, the
In his career, Saunders is 6-0 with a 2.13 ERA in nine career starts at
So it will be interesting to see where Saunders lands. And, at this point, when he lands.