As first reported by beat writer Tom Gage of the Detroit News, the Tigers have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman. The 30-year-old former first-round pick has been assigned to Triple-A Toledo, where he will function as organizational depth.
Bonderman joined the Mariners’ starting rotation on June 2 and pitched pretty well early on, but he was ultimately designated for assignment on July 8 after posting a rough 4.93 ERA (77 ERA+) and 1.49 WHIP across 38 1/3 total innings. Erasmo Ramirez is currently serving as Seattle’s fifth starter.
Bonderman owns a 4.89 career ERA (89 ERA+) and 1.41 career WHIP in 214 major league appearances. He was drafted by the A’s but made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2003 and spent eight years with them.
The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.
Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.
In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.
The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.
This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.