Jul 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT
Jeremy Bonderman told Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press that he’s giving serious thought to retiring after this season.
Bonderman is just 27 years old and despite struggling this season probably won’t have trouble securing a decent-sized contract as a free agent over the winter, but the right-hander told Ellis that he’s “saved a lot of money” and may decide to call it quits to “be with my kids every day or go on fishing trips with my dad or brothers.”
He’s making $12.5 million this season as part of a four-year, $38 million contract signed in the winter of 2006, but is just 5-7 with a 5.37 ERA in 119 innings since returning from a blood clot in his shoulder two seasons ago. With a .761 opponents’ OPS and 76/30 K/BB ratio in 109 innings this season Bonderman has pitched better than his 5.05 ERA suggests, but he’s struggled over the past month and the Tigers have decided to use an off day to skip his next turn in the rotation.
Ellis writes that “if the Tigers offer him a deal he will more than likely keep playing” and if that doesn’t happen he speculates that Bonderman may also be willing to sign with a team near his home on the West Coast. Or as Bonderman put it: “I feel I have a lot left. If I really want to play, I can play. I’m just kind of thinking about it. I don’t know if it’s what I’m going to do.”
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