Jeremy Bonderman is “likely going to sit this year out”

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Jeremy Bonderman was linked to several teams this offseason, but the right-hander remains unsigned after coming back from shoulder surgery to post a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings last season and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com “talked to a player who knows Bonderman” and believes “more than likely he’s going to sit this year out.”

Crasnick writes that Bonderman “apparently doesn’t have the energy for more rehabs or going to camp and having to fight for a spot,” which he’d almost certainly have to do on a minor-league contract.

Bonderman is still just 28 years old, but injuries have caused his raw stuff to deteriorate to the point that he averaged just 89 miles per hour with his fastball last season and he has a 5.19 ERA since a strong 2006 season as a 23-year-old.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.