Joe Saunders Feels Right At Home With M’s

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Joe Saunders (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Joe Saunders (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners could use an experienced No. 2 or 3 starter in the rotation that is headlined by Felix Hernandez, and left-hander Joe Saunders hopes to be that dependable arm.

Saunders agreed on a one-year contract with the Mariners on Tuesday that could be worth up to $16.5 million over two years if he reaches all his personal bonuses, and he got right to work with his new teammates on Wednesday.

Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in August, Saunders was the starter — and winner — in the Orioles’ one-game wild-card playoff against the Texas Rangers. Still, Baltimore was not an option for 2013.

Saunders says he turned down several offers to sign with the Mariners because he liked the direction the organization is headed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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