Jeremy Bonderman says return to Tigers is unlikely

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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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Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.