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.”

Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell leaves BP session with possible injury

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This is not good: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session this morning and left the field with a trainer. Topkin says Honeywell was “clearly upset” as he made his way into the clubhouse and “cursed loudly a few times.”

Obviously you don’t want to assume the worst, but that’s often the behavior of a pitcher who experienced a serious injury. We will get updates later and will provide an update when we hear.

UPDATE:

Honeywell, probably the Rays’ top prospect, is slated to make his major league debut early this season, though possibly not for a few weeks into the season due to off days. Eventually, though, it is assumed he’d slot in someplace behind Chris Archer, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell, either as a young-David Price-style swingman, a spot starter or a regular starter at some point.

Last year Honeywell posted a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136. innings in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.