Jeremy Bonderman considering retirement at age 27

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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.”

Rockies acquire Zac Rosscup from Cubs

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The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.

Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.

Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.

U.S. Court of Appeals affirms ruling that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law

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The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.

In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.

The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.

This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.