The Toronto Blue Jays signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league deal after he was designated for assignment by the Philadelphia Phillies. At first, this deal seems really useless, but this could turn out great for the Blue Jays.
Ezequiel Carrera proved that he is not an everyday outfielder and Saunders can be brought in to stabilize the defence in left field. In left field last season, he committed only two errors and had a fielding percentage of .994. His offensive numbers this year (.205 AVG and 6 home runs) but he can certainly fix the defence and give the Jays a bit of breathing room until Carerra is healthy and fully ready to go.
When the baseball trading frenzy begins, he could be dangled as trade bait so that the Blue Jays can get a quick fix for their roster if necessary.
All in all, this is not a bad move by the head office. Saunders is familiar with the team, he will stabilize the defence, and he can be used to get bigger fish in the free agent sea.
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