Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Saunders Ready to Beat the Odds with Rockies

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By Jack Etkin


Outfielder Michael Saunder's comeback with the Colorado Rockies would be satisfying for so many reasons. He would be back in the big leagues for the first time since 2017. All the work he did on his swing and his mind after a miserable 2018 season that left him bitter would have paid off. And as if that weren’t enough, Saunders, 32, would be living at home and making an easy drive to Coors Field.

Then again, Saunders signed a minor league contract with the Rockies. So he’s not on their 40-man roster. They seem flush with outfielders, particularly left-handed hitting ones like Saunders. And since Saunders will receive a $1 million salary if he’s in the majors, the Rockies have a small, risk-free investment in Saunders. He’s in big league camp, fit, determined and confident but quite possibly making a last-gasp attempt to keep his career going.

“You know what they say, though?” Saunders said. “That if you don’t have anything to lose, that’s what makes you dangerous. That’s where I’m at.”

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