Jul 12, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders (23) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels during the 1st inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Will Mariners Part With Pitcher Joe Saunders?

The Seattle Mariners are approaching the deadline with plenty of pieces to sell, including big names like  Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales.

One name not getting enough attention as a trade candidate is pitcher  Joe Saunders. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners could make him more available than other trade targets on the team:

Meanwhile, Saunders put himself on the rotation radar with a 0.64 ERA in two straight wins. He seems slightly more available at the moment than Ibanez and Morales, as Seattle tries to decide when it should begin a sale in earnest.

At some point the Mariners are going to have to become serious sellers. Ibanez and Morales will net the franchise bigger gains over the long run, but moving Saunders is a good move as well.

The problem with Saunders is that he struggled heavily at the beginning of the season and potential trade partners may have questions about his consistency. Saunders is just the beginning of players the Mariners need to move in order to start over.


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