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Tigers sign Jeremy Bonderman to minor league contract

Jul 14, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

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As first reported by beat writer Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. The 30-year-old former first-round pick has been assigned to Triple-A Toledo, where he will function as organizational depth.

Bonderman joined the Mariners’ starting rotation on June 2 and pitched pretty well early on, but he was ultimately designated for assignment on July 8 after posting a rough 4.93 ERA (77 ERA+) and 1.49 WHIP across 38 1/3 total innings. Erasmo Ramirez is currently serving as Seattle’s fifth starter.

Bonderman owns a 4.89 career ERA (89 ERA+) and 1.41 career WHIP in 214 major league appearances. He was drafted by the A’s but made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2003 and spent eight years with them.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I know he can’t make it back up with us, but it’s nice having him back in the fold and I’m happy he’s playing at least.

    • detroitr1 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Have you considered that he might not be slotted as a starter but as a right handed reliever?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        He would have to show some serious improvement in consistency for that to happen. Who’s he better than? No one we already have. I don’t see him as a regular replacement.

  2. proc2000 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Welcome back Bondo! Rooting for him to male a comeback. Good dude.

  3. proc2000 - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Make even…

  4. minimiggy - Jul 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Welcome back bondo! Maybe you can make the 40 man roster and in the fall i can see you pitch in a tigers uni again.

  5. tigers182 - Jul 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Billy Beane wanted to sign him and apparently threw a chair at the wall when the Tigers signed him.

  6. whammy24 - Jul 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    So when’s Nate Robertson coming back? He’s a bulldog, you know.

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