Just hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said his club was not re-signing Jeremy Bonderman, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are currently working to sign him to a contract.
It’s not clear if this will be a major league deal, but Tom Gage of the Detroit News speculated earlier today that Dombrowski’s comments meant that the right-hander “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.”
Bonderman, 28, has an ugly 5.91 ERA since the start of the 2007 season, including a 5.53 ERA over 171 innings in 2010. He has lost considerable velocity on his fastball since undergoing shoulder surgery in June of 2008.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti has declined comment, but if the club does indeed sign him, he’ll likely compete with the likes of Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, David Huff and Anthony Reyes for the final spot in the starting rotation.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.