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Michael Saunders avoids arbitration with Mariners

The Seattle Mariners and Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders have avoided salary arbitration and reached an agreement on a $2.3 million US contract for the 2013 season.

Canadian outfielder signed $2.3 million US contract for 2014 season

Mariners' outfielder Michael Saunders played in 132 games, hitting .236 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in 2013. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners and Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders have reached agreement on a $2.3 million US contract for the 2014 season and avoided salary arbitration.

The Mariners announced the deal with Saunders on Wednesday. He can earn an additional $75,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

Saunders, 27, has spent his entire career in the Mariners organization. He made his major league debut in 2009 and has appeared in 475 games for Seattle. Last season, Saunders played in 132 games, hitting .236 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Saunders had a career-high 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 139 games in 2012.

Seattle still has two players eligible for salary arbitration: first baseman Justin Smoak and outfielder Logan Morrison.

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