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Mariners sign Jeremy Bonderman to minor league contract

Dec 21, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

Jeremy Bonderman pitching

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mariners have signed right-hander Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

Bonderman hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and required Tommy John surgery this April, but he’s gearing up for a comeback at the age of 30. The 2001 first-round pick owns a 4.89 ERA over eight seasons in the majors, all with the Tigers. His former club also expressed an interest in him this winter, but he ultimately opted to sign with his home state Mariners.

Bonderman hasn’t really been healthy and effective in the same season since he posted a 4.08 ERA over 34 starts in his age-23 season back in 2006, so the odds are against him after two full seasons out of the game and an elbow reconstruction. But there’s no harm in taking a flier.

  1. historiophiliac - Dec 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I hope I come to hate you for signing away from us this time.

    • megastaff1975 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      i thought he already signed with the tigers????? i could’ve swore i seen a report back when the tigers were playing in the world series stating that he agreed to a minor league contract!?!?! Really confused bout this.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

        They offered him a contract but it appears that he elected to go with the Mariners (who also offered him one) instead.

  2. Minoring In Baseball - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    All the best to Bondo. 2006 was a magical season for a lot of Tigers that just fell off the cloud from there. Hope he can stay healthy and be productive in Seattle (or their affiliates).

  3. joerymi - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Bonderman is 30. Wow.

    While I doubt we will see him in the big leagues again for any consistent stretch, I think he is a good example that sometimes we can get too bogged down with numbers. His 2006 numbers aren’t incredible, yet he had a very good season.

    He also came up big that year the playoffs. Clinched a playoff series win; a series no one picked the Tigers to win. I recall Fox doing promos setting the stage for a subway series before a single ALDS game was played.

  4. tuberippin - Dec 22, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Hopefully the move to a new team works out better for Jeremy Bonderman than it did for his old rotation comrades Nate Robertson and Mike Maroth.

  5. swu32733 - Dec 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Trader Jack nails another biggie!

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