5 Ways the Joe Saunders to the Orioles Trade Impacts the AL Playoff Race

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5 Ways the Joe Saunders to the Orioles Trade Impacts the AL Playoff Race
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Late on Saturday night, the Baltimore Orioles announced that they had acquired veteran left-hander Joe Saunders from the Arizona Diamondbacks for reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named later.

The deal certainly represents the fact that the Orioles believe they have a legitimate shot to make the postseason this year for the first time since 1997.

Saunders didn't figure into the future plans for the Diamondbacks, so the deal did not come as much of a surprise to him.

“As soon as we went to a six-man rotation, I pretty much figured I had a few more days here,” Saunders said. “It’s definitely easier going home to put on a new jersey. It doesn’t come from left field. Just was the way it worked out.”

The Orioles enter play on Monday tied with the Oakland A's for the second Wild Card slot in the American League, just 4.5 games behind the slumping New York Yankees in the AL East.

So, how does the addition of Saunders impact the playoff race in the American League?

Let's take a look.

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