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Looking at 10 free agent targets that could fit for the Orioles

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10. OF Michael Saunders
Opening Day Age: 30
Stats: .253/.338/.478, 24 homers, 57 RBIs, 558 plate appearances

Skinny: Saunders is one of those all-around talents that has had trouble staying healthy and putting it all together. He finally was on his way last year, batting .298 and hitting 16 homers for the Toronto Blue Jays in the first half. He made his first All-Star team and looked to be compiling a monster walk year before free agency. But he sputtered in the second half, batting just .178 and driving in 15 runs in 58 second-half games.

With the rough second half, he may have lost millions in free agency. But that also may have put him within the Orioles’ price range. The left-hander has mashed during his career at Camden Yards (.305/.376/.756 in 21 games and 93 plate appearances in Baltimore), so he’s definitely had their attention over the years.

The problem is he likely won’t come cheaply, strikes out a lot (157 times in 490 at-bats in 2016) and is an injury risk.

Bottom line: Maybe the Orioles can afford him, but plan a week for that physical to be approved.

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