Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman was lit up for seven earned runs in just four innings Saturday against the Twins and did some venting in the clubhouse afterward.
Bonderman, an impending free agent, told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that “in all honestly” he probably won’t be back with the Tigers next season. Whether he came to that conclusion because of his own struggles or because management has made some kind of indication that he isn’t wanted back, it seems likely that the righty will be moving on.
Bonderman, 27, has posted a 8-9 record, a 5.18 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 28 appearances this year. He could find a job as a fourth or fifth starter on a number of teams, but he did suggest in July that he might retire. So there’s that.
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Update (9:38 PM ET): The Tigers will receive minor leaguers Wilkel Hernandez and Troy Montgomery from the Angels, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Hernandez, 18, was signed by the Angels as an international free agent out of Venezuela in July 2015. This past year, in rookie ball, Hernandez posted a 2.64 ERA with a 44/22 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Angels’ 24th-best prospect.
Montgomery, 23, was selected by the Angels in the eighth round of the 2016 draft. Between Single-A Burlington, High-A Inland Empire, and Double-A Mobile, Montgomery batted an aggregate .271/.358/.413 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, 62 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 434 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the Angels’ 20th-best prospect.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.