In the middle of their Spring Training game against the Angels, the announce team of Mike Peasley and Matt Hicks announced that the Rangers had signed starter Joe Saunders. The move is, according to Joel Sherman, a non-guaranteed deal but it is a Major League contract.
Over 183 innings with the Mariners last year, Saunders suffered a career-worst 5.26 ERA with an 11-16 record. The 32-year old former Los Angeles Angel, Arizona Diamondback, and Baltimore Oriole has pitched in 174 or more innings the last six seasons.
With the deal being a Major League deal, Saunders looks to slide right into the fourth starter position, behind Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, and Alexi Ogando. The move likely takes bullpen pieces Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers out of the running for the fifth starter, as Colby Lewis and Tommy Hanson have starting experience at the Major League level, and Matt Harrison is expected to be back by the end of April. With the Rangers, though, no name is completely out of the running until the season starts.