Royals sign former All-Star Michael Saunders to minor league deal

According to the Twitter account of Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals have reportedly inked a minor league deal with outfielder Michael Saunders. An All-Star in 2016 with the Toronto Blue Jays while slashing .253/.338/.478 that season,he earned himself a $9 million deal with the Phillies last offseason.

Sixty-one games into his 2017 season, Saunders was released after owning up a 56 wRC+. He then returned to the Blue Jays on a minor league deal, slashing .274/.321/.404 in 156 AAA plate appearances last season.

Saunders had remained unsigned for much of the offseason, until two days ago when he inked a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was apparently released out of that deal sometime since then, leading him to pursue an opportunity with the Royals.

Saunders is predominately a left fielder, but he has also seen his fair share of time in center and right field during his career. It probably wouldn’t be too insane to see him possibly get a look at first base. Either way, he figures to have a decent shot to make the team if he finishes up with a good Spring Training.

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