Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mariners are in agreement on a one-year deal with Joe Saunders, pending a physical.
The financial details aren't yet known. It's a little surprising that Saunders had to wind up settling for a one-year deal given that a handful of teams were interested in him, but perhaps the M's offered a higher AAV. Saunders is a similar pitcher to Jason Vargas, the guy he's essentially replacing, and should give Seattle a solid back-end guy. The fences coming in at Safeco won't help him, though.