AP source: Phillies, Saunders agree to $9M, 1-year deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Michael Saunders and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a $9 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday because the Phillies had not announced the agreement.

Saunders' deal was first reported by MLB.com. MLB Network reported Saunders has an option for 2018 worth $11 million with escalators that can make it reach $14 million, and the deal includes a $1 million buyout.

A 2016 AL All-Star with Toronto, Saunders hit a career-best 24 homers and batted .253 with 57 RBIs last season.

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