Saunders Sent Down
Not much of a surprise here, as the writing was on the wall once the team traded for Milton Bradley, but Michael Saunders was sent to minor league camp today and will begin the season with Triple-a Tacoma. With Bradley and Byrnes expected to split time in left, there just weren’t going to many at-bats for Saunders on the big league roster. If he plays well in Tacoma, he’ll be first in line for a recall when Bradley or Griffey land on the DL, but until there are regular at-bats for him in Seattle, he’s better off in the minors.
Mike Koplove and Levale Speigner were also sent to minor league camp, but neither of them had any real chance of making the team. They’re just bullpen depth for the Rainiers.