In the offseason, the Philadelphia Phillies were led by general manager, Matt Klentak, as the organization heavily pursued talent that would advance the team’s capability, especially at the plate.
Of the first two players to be signed were outfielders, Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders.
On January 13, 2017, the possible signing of Saunders was reported by Philadelphia Sports Nation, specifically by yours truly.
Three days later, on January 16, 2017, Saunders signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Phillies.
The deal also includes a $9 million club option for the 2018 season.
After being named to his first All-Star game last year for the American League, Saunders is looking to keep up his status as an elite outfielder.
So far this season, Saunders has started in right field in each of the first 20 games.
In addition, Saunders has earned a batting average of .261, with 18 hits, 8 runs scored and 8 RBIs.
Saunders also hit his first home run as a Phillie, during Wednesday night’s 7-4 win against the Miami Marlins.
Though it’s still early in the season, Saunders is the new guy in town, and he could very well be on track to have another All-Star year, this time with the National League.
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