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Joe Saunders wants a three-year contract

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees - Game Four

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 11: Joe Saunders #48 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during Game Four of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 11, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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In a world where Joe Blanton gets two years with an option, Jeremy Guthrie gets three years and Edwin Jackson gets four, Joe Saunders wants his piece of the pie.

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Saunders was originally seeking a four-year deal last month and is now looking for a three-year deal. While the 31-year-old southpaw told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he would “love to come back to Baltimore,” Encina hears that the O’s are prepared to walk away if he doesn’t lower his demands.

Saunders posted a 4.07 ERA and 112/39 K/BB ratio in 174 2/3 innings last season between the Diamondbacks and Orioles and has made at least 28 starts in five straight seasons. The Mariners, Mets, Padres and Twins are among the other teams who have expressed interest this winter.