Mariners checking out starting pitchers

Jim McIsaac

The Mariners are still looking to add some starting pitching, and could be taking a look at Kyle Lohse and Joe Saunders.

The Seattle Mariners have made a number of moves already this offseason to address their lineup, but Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that they are still looking at starting pitchers as well. Rosenthal mentions Kyle Lohse and Joe Saunders as options, but states that Lohse's price may be too high, and that Saunders is looking for a three year deal.

Lohse, who spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, went 16-3 last season with a 2.86 ERA, by far the best season of his career. However, he is 34 years old, and has never been known for striking out a lot of batters.

Saunders began the 2012 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in August. He went 3-3, and posted an ERA of 3.63 in just over 44 innings of work with the Orioles, which was much better than his 4.22 ERA before the trade with Arizona.

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