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Pirates free Michael Saunders to sign with Royals

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So long, Michael.
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The Pirates, having traded for left-handed, power-hitting corner outfielder Corey Dickerson, let Michael Saunders go from his agreement made with the team under different circumstances on Wednesday, and Saunders has signed a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo added detail from Saunders’ agent:

Saunders, of course, was redundant with Dickerson and, to a lesser extent, Daniel Nava, already in Pirates camp.

The Pirates aren’t the only team to operate in this manner, but they do seem to be one of the more player-friendly organizations in this regard, including the goofy Juan Nicasio situation of last season.