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.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.
In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.
There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.