Joe Saunders rumors: Orioles, Mariners

Greg Fiume

The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are two of the teams that continue to show interest in free agent left-hander Joe Saunders.

The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners are two of the teams that continue to show interest in free agent left-hander Joe Saunders, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman notes that beyond the Orioles and Mariners, other teams could also be interested in Saunders.

The left-hander is reportedly seeking a three-year contract. He spent the 2012 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Orioles, maintaining an ERA of 4.07 over 28 starts. He also made two strong playoff appearances for the O's.

Baltimore has been in the market for a veteran starting pitcher throughout the offseason. They currently have a projected rotation that includes Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez. Saunders could fill up their final rotation spot, but they also have young arms that could be used if a veteran isn't acquired.

Like the Orioles, the Mariners could wind up using a young pitcher as their No. 5 starter. However, general manager Jack Zduriencik would prefer to add a veteran before the start of the season.

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