Phillies sign veteran outfielder Michael Saunders

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The Phils add another polarizing veteran to their roster, this time in the form of All-Star Michael Saunders.

Saunders, 30, got off to a terrific start last season for the Blue Jays, boasting a .298/.372/.551 slashline to go along with 16 homers in the first half. Saunders’ impressive performance did not go unnoticed, as he was rewarded with his first all-star appearance.

The lefty slugger, however, struggled mightily the second half of the season. Saunders batted a horrific .178 and his power alluded him as he only hit 8 long balls- half of his first half total.

Saunders should provide the Phillies with some decent pop at the plate and average defense in the corner outfield. He is fresh off his first fully healthy season since 2013 and should give the anemic offense a spark in the hitter friendly Citizens Bank Park.

 

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