The Orioles wanted to re-sign left-hander Joe Saunders, who played a significant role in the team's playoff run, but on Thursday evening the 31-year-old reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular season starts with the Orioles, told The Baltimore Sun earlier this offseason that he wanted to return to Baltimore because he wanted to play for a contender while remaining close to home. He grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Virginia Tech.
He gave the Orioles a veteran presence, especially in the postseason, when he threw 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Orioles' 5-1 win at Texas in the American League Wild-Card game. He also allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings in Game 4 of the AL Division Series in Yankee Stadium.