Sep 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Joe Saunders (23) gets the ball back from catcher Mike Zunino (3) in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Saunders garners interest from Rangers, Twins

Ervin Santana might be the bigger name still available on the starting pitcher free agent market, but he may not be the next one to land a job.

After working out for the Rangers a couple of days ago, Joe Saunders is also being seen as a target for the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN Mid Cities’ Darren Wolfson. The Twins made an offer to Saunders last season of 1-year and $8 million, but the 32-year old ended up signing with the Seattle Mariners. The resulting season was not entirely spectacular.

Saunders pitched to an 11-16 record, posting a 5.26 ERA over 32 starts and 183 innings. He did throw two complete games as he proved to be a reliable, sturdy back end starting pitcher. His role in either organization would likely be the same, and would probably be a minor-league deal.

The Twins added Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to their rotation, while the Rangers have seen its projected starting five hit by injuries to Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. The Rangers have plenty of depth in Nick Tepesch, Tommy Hanson, and Colby Lewis, while the Twins would further improve their rotation with another innings eater.

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