General manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the Tigers “are not signing Jeremy Bonderman” and Gage speculates that means Bonderman “is about to sign with another team and will get what he wants, a major-league contract.”
Detroit traded Armando Galarraga to Arizona because the rotation was overpopulated, so the Tigers not bringing back Bonderman isn’t a surprise. He was linked to the Yankees last month, but it’s unclear how much interest New York would still have after filling their quota for washed-up and/or injured veteran starters with Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon.
Bonderman has a 5.19 ERA since an impressive 2006 season as a 23-year-old, including a 5.71 ERA in 171 innings last year while coming back from shoulder surgery. He’s still just 28 years old, but Bonderman no longer has the raw stuff that once made him such a promising young pitcher, averaging just 89 miles per hour with his fastball in 2010.