Saunders was on Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's wish list this season -- he signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the
So what does it mean?
Saunders, 31, gives the Orioles starting rotation the veteran presence it needs and has been lacking over the past six weeks with the absence of right-hander
In his past stops in Anaheim and Arizona, he's been a middle-rotation starter. In Baltimore, he will be seen as an anchor of a young pitching staff.
A former first-round pick of the
Saunders brings a resume of late-season and postseason success. He's 16-9 with a 3.98 ERA in 35 career starts in September and October. He's also made four career postseason starts. No other Orioles starter has made more than one (Hammel).
But more than anything, Saunders gives the Orioles a third left-handed starter, joining Chen and Britton. He's held left-handed hitters to a .207 batting average over his career.