Marlins Interested In Joe Saunders

The Marlins are considering free agent southpaw Joe Saunders, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter).  If signed, Saunders would join Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez, leaving Chris Volstad as either rotation depth or perhaps a trade candidate.

Saunders was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks two weeks ago and since then has been connected to a number of teams, including the Red Sox, Rockies, Reds and Tigers.  Saunders posted a 3.69 ERA in 33 starts for Arizona last year, though his advanced metrics (a 4.71 SIERA and a 4.38 xFIP) and low strikeout totals (4.6 K/9) indicate that Saunders received some good fortune in 2011.

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro (via Twitter) is less optimistic about a Saunders/Marlins pairing, saying the club "may eventually seek" Saunders but with Buehrle already in the fold, Miami "is not ideally looking to have two soft tossing lefties in their rotation."  Saunders, however, threw 212 innings last year and when combined with Buehrle (205 1/3 IP), Nolasco (206), Sanchez (196 1/3), he would add even more durability to a rotation whose ace (Johnson) is still a question mark after missing much of last year with a shoulder injury.


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41 Comments on "Marlins Interested In Joe Saunders"


Pawapuro
3 years 8 months ago

Finally. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a headline that says “Marlins Interested In…”

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Now the Marlins are coming back down to reality after signing those “marquee” names. Well, after all they did sign most of them…

elscorcho the marlin
3 years 8 months ago

He gave the marlins fits last year. I can see taking him. Definite upgrade over Volstad.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

Who isn’t an upgrade over Volstad? Doug Davis…?

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

In reality, I’m an upgrade over Volstad so Saunders would be like bringing in Steve Carlton to replace Volstad.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

DO IT! Bring him in, please. Saunders>>>>>>>>>>>>Volstad. I love the idea of having 2 lefties in the rotation to complement the 3 righties. Then we can sign Cespedes and trade Gaby!

3 years 8 months ago

I would really like this signing. Adding more pitching depth is always a good idea, no matter how good you are. Especially with Johnson as your ace. I, and I’m sure Marlin fans, wish he could stay healthy…

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

A soft-tossing lefty is better than a righty who can’t keep the ball in the park.The Marlins have been giving too many chances to Volstad, and he doesn’t even have that much going for him. They gave too many chances to Andrew Miller too, but at least Miller was a hard-throwing lefty. Too bad he couldn’t control the ball to save his life.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Bingo!

3 years 8 months ago

If at the end of the day we’re not a match for Saunders, I like to see the Fish going after this type of pitcher. Not going to command a crazy salary, durable for 200+ innings, and it helps he’s a lefty. 

There are plenty of pitchers like this in the pool. So, if not Saunders, then someone like it. 

3 years 8 months ago

ugh.  A no velocity, backend lefty starter.  The Braves’ kryptonite.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

The Phillies as well.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

And the Marlins as well. Heck, I’m sure the entire division was glad Jamie Moyer had to take a year off.

Cole Stefan
3 years 8 months ago

no

3 years 8 months ago

Lol. Have to laugh every time I see the name Joe Saunders. Two brownie points if you can guess why!

hisownfool
3 years 8 months ago

I’m bemused by the interest in Saunders. He’s essentially an older version of John Lannan, the difference being Lannan throws a little harder and has a slighter higher K/9 rate. (As they say “you can look it up.”) Would there be this much interest in Lannan if he were a free agent? If the answer is “yes” then I suddenly feel good about the Nats’ 2012 rotation. 

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

So the addition of Gio to be put alongside Strasburg and Zimmerman didn’t already have you feeling good about the Nats 2012 rotation? 

hisownfool
3 years 8 months ago

Good point. I should say “better.”

EightMileCats
3 years 8 months ago

I like the idea of Saunders to the fish.  Slot him in the back of the rotation.  Go Johnson, Nol, Bueherle, Sanchez, Saunders…  Nice solid rotation if Johnson can stay healthy.  NL East is starting to shape up to be a tough division.

Phillies are solid
Braves are solid… but they really need another bat
Fish are looking pretty good
Nats rotation is pretty sick now with Gio.  Watch out of they sign Fielder too…

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

Braves won’t be solid as long as they have Fredi Gonzalez managing.

bigpat
3 years 8 months ago

 Sanchez should be their #2 or maybe the opening day starter because even though JJ is untouchable, he NEVER stays healthy. Can’t imagine how good he’d be if he pitched 200 innings.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

I’m starting to think people keep saying he never stays healthy not because they can’t imagine how good he’d be, but are scared to imagine.

Already condemning him to constant injury problems, and the man’s only 27.

3 years 8 months ago

The Marlins went from being on welfare to being a millionaire.They remind me of the Jeffersons,hehe

Janellium83
3 years 8 months ago

It would be a good signing, use him next year to eat some innings and won’t cost any draft picks or minor leaguers… Next year there will be more good free agents pitchers than this year and we can sign a better one. Now they have to focus on signing yoenis cespedes…

Ed Gesio
3 years 8 months ago

The main reason to sell Ricky is he’s due to make 9mill, way too much for arguably the 4th starter.. Add Saunders, sell Ricky, and go buy Saunders-like to be the 5. Again, anything is better than Volstad. 

miamiroc
3 years 8 months ago

I’m guessing the Marlins either go with Saunders or trade for Wandy Rodriguez, not because they’re the best options but because they would cost the least. Saunders is a free agent and if the Marlins pick up most of Wandy’s contract they could have him for almost nothing as the Astros clearly want to clear some payroll. After seeing what had to be given up for Latos and Gio, the Marlins should steer clear of big names like Garza and Shields.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sorry, but this is all I picture when I see your comments (I have no idea why either)…

3 years 8 months ago

Kind of a big gap between “marquee names” and “stars” in my book.  Regardless of whether you consider them stars, Buehrle and Bell were two “big names” coming into this offseason.

Howard
3 years 8 months ago

 Even Reyes isn’t a star lol no World Series ring…

3 years 8 months ago

My thoughts exactly.

notsureifsrs
3 years 8 months ago

yup

Pawapuro
3 years 8 months ago

What makes that gif even better is the guy behind that fan shouting expletives at him.

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

That picture is literally saying a thousand words.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Only if they sign Cespedes, so they can put LoMo at first. I’m sure they could trade Gaby and Nolasco for a good pitcher. Or just trade Gaby for prospects. I just want them to keep LoMo at all costs, really.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

But Nolasco is a good pitcher.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, that’s true. But I think packaging those 2 together could get you someone more consistent than Nolasco. Don’t get me wrong, I think Nolasco is a solid starter but he is just way too inconsistent.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

He is not way too inconsistent. He just hits at most one rough patch each season, but comes out of it lights-out.

Volstad is who we should be getting rid of, not Nolasco.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

Ok so he’s consistently bad for a part of the season, my bad. I agree Volstad should not be in the rotation or on the 40-man roster at all.

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

If Nolasco pitched like he can the whole season, I wouldn’t want to move him, but he has those rough patches every year, like you said.

rsanchez1
3 years 8 months ago

For someone named “Optimistic” MarlinsFan, you sure are quick to throw Ricky under the bus…

OptimisticMarlinsFan
3 years 8 months ago

It’s only a title.