Mariners Trade Outfielder Michael Saunders to Toronto
Following former Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak north of the border, Seattle outfielder Michael Saunders is now the newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays after the two teams completed a trade Wednesday.
In return, the Mariners got 32-year-old lefty J.A. Happ, who went 11-11 in 26 starts for Toronto last season and is 51-53 for his career despite finishing second in the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year voting after going 12-4 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
The rumor mill still has GM Jack Zurendczik looking for another right-handed power bat to patrol the outfield on a daily basis. Braves OF Justin Upton's name is frequently bandied about. Former Yakima Bear Carlos Gonzales of the Colorado Rockies has also been mentioned as a possibility.