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Yankees “have shown interest in” Jeremy Bonderman

Jan 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

Jeremy Bonderman

While the Yankees wait for Andy Pettitte to decide if he wants to play in 2011 or retire, Jon Paul Morosi of reports that they “have shown interest in” former Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman.

Once upon a time Bonderman was a very promising young starter, going 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 202 strikeouts as a 23-year-old in 2006, but since then he’s just 22-24 with a 5.19 ERA in 427 innings, including a 5.58 mark in 171 innings last season after coming back from shoulder surgery.

He’s still just 28 years old, but Bonderman is five years removed from his last healthy and effective season and showed significantly decreased velocity in his return from injury last year, averaging just 89.8 miles per hour with his fastball compared to 93 mph at his peak.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    I don’t think this will work.

  2. BC - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    If they can sign him to a minor league contract, they can at least get a look at him.

  3. dondbaseball - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Why didn’t they show more interest in Capuano (lefty) or show the interest in Chris Young who has better numbers than Bonderman??? Baffling…

  4. phukyouk - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    This is not the pitcher you are looking for…

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 5, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Smells like desperation.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 5, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      I agree with you in part. But if the Yankees are looking for a #5 pitcher with low cost and they don’t want to rely on Mitre it’s not a bad option especially if Pettitte comes back. If that turns out to be the case the starting rotation doesn’t look that bad. CC, Pettitte (if he comes back), Hughes, AJ & Bonderman. With Nova and Mitre as long relief guys and Logan, Robertson, Filiciano and of course Rivera.
      If Pettitte doesn’t come back it would look like: CC, Hughes, AJ, Nova & Bonderman. Bonderman would at least give them a little more wiggle room until the trade deadline to get a front line pitcher.
      Is it the ideal option of course not, but it may be an option nevertheless.

  5. Reflex - Jan 5, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    It dosen’t make much sense for Bonderman either. He should be talking to the Padres or Cardinals to rehab his career…

  6. pisano - Jan 6, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    I don’t get it, this guy(Bonderman) has nothing. I would much rather have Mitre than this burn out. Don’t forget Mitre wasn’t 100% last year after his surgery, he should be just about full strength this season. Spring training should tell a lot about what he’ll have going in. I just saw too many teams beat the hell out of Bonderman and after all how many A J Burnett’s can one team have.

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