Ex-Blue Jays: Where are they now?

Mar 19, 2017; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) rounds third on his way to score during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) rounds third on his way to score during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 13, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2017; Sarasota, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Michael Saunders — Philadelphia Phillies

The second Canadian on this list is Michael Saunders, himself a native of Victoria, British Columbia. Saunders joins the Philadelphia Phillies after two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, although it was only 149 games altogether due to a freak injury incurred in Spring Training 2015 when he stepped on a sprinkler in the outfield.

His 2016 season was an up-and-down one for Saunders, a tale of two seasons almost. In the first half, he was on fire, being voting in as an All-Star via the Final Vote. The second half was a different story, as Saunders majorly struggled, with just 15 extra-base hits, contrasted to 43 in the first half. He hit just .178 after the All-Star break, but despite all that, he still set several career highs, including homeruns (24) and doubles (32) and he tied career highs in RBIs (57) and triples (3).

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Saunders had conversations with the Blue Jays after the season, but they did not extend him the $17.2 million qualifying offer, hoping to sign him to a lesser salary. He ultimately signed a one-year, $9-million contract with Philadelphia, with an $11-million option for 2018.

In his first game with the Phillies, he went one-for-three with an RBI double.