Jason A. Churchill, 1090 The Fan

News broke via Twitter Monday that Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has changed agents, going from Frye-McCann Sports to Meister Sports.

Saunders, as I wrote last month, has been at odds with the club over a number of things and is believed to be on the trade block this offseason.

The above is what we know. What we don’t know is if this change in representation means anything in terms of his relationship with the team — probably not — or how much more or less likely the player is to be moved.

There are no apparent indications Frye-McCann Sports has a strained relationship with the Mariners, so perhaps the desire from the player’s standpoint is a change in philosophy, not good or bad or even right or wrong. Frye-McCann represents current Mariners Lucas Luetge, Brandon Maurer and Dom Leone.

Among Meister Sports’ clients include Sergio Romo, Casey McGehee and Ben Revere. The group has represented the likes of Roy Oswalt and Randy Johnson.

Saunders is being discussed internally by the M’s, and the club reportedly has fielded calls on the outfielder. He’s arbitration eligible for the second time this winter and is projected to earn between $2.8 million and $3.2 million for 2015.

Changing agents may have exactly zero impact on whether or not Saunders is traded or when that may occur if it does. Moves made around the league likely will have more of an impact. For example, the deal struck between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals could open up the opportunity for Saunders to land in Atlanta. Jason Heyward was their right fielder and while they have other options, clearly the Braves are looking to add young pitching and clearly they’re willing to punt somewhat on 2015.

That could mean Justin Upton and/or Evan Gattis remains in play, and that Saunders could be a fit as a semi-cheap option. The idea of a Taijuan Walker, Michael Saunders type package is too steep for one year of Upton, but a trade scenario with more pieces going in both directions is conceivable.

– Jason A. Churchill, 1090 The Fan

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