Mariners ink pitcher Saunders

Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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SEATTLE, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Starting pitcher Joe Saunders has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Tuesday.

The eight-year veteran comes to Seattle on the same day the team revealed it had also agreed to a seven-year deal with fellow starter Felix Hernandez.

Terms of Saunders' contract weren't disclosed. It includes a mutual option for 2014.

The left-hander split last season between Arizona and Baltimore, finishing with a 9-13 record and 4.07 ERA over 28 starts. He also made pair of post-season starts for the Orioles, going 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA over 11 1/3 innings.

Saunders sports a 78-65 career record with a 4.15 ERA while hurling for the Los Angeles Angels, Arizona and Baltimore.

First baseman/designated hitter Mike Carp was designated for assignment to make room on the Mariners' 40-man roster.

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