Bondermania Back?? Can’t Wait

By: Mike Stone

I heard the whispers earlier in the week that Jeremy Bonderman was looking to make a comeback after being out of baseball for two years. I quietly laughed when it was suggested that the Tigers might offer the 30 year old right-hander a minor league contract. Well if you believe former Free Press and current baseball writer Jon Paul Morosi and why shouldn’t you, that is exactly what is going to happen.

According to Morosi, the Tigers are offering Bonderman and his lifetime 4.89 earned run average a contract. I am assuming it is a minor league contract, so he would not be taking up any major league payroll, but the question is why? I get the argument that there is no harm. If he stinks it up in Lakeland he goes back to retirement, but it just is too much of the same old same old. It is not like the guy was very good when he was here. Yes, he pitched through injury, but in 2010 he started 29 games and had a 5.53 ERA with a scintillating 1.444 WHIP. I am sure Bonderman is a “good guy in the room”, but seriously what’s next the return of Nate Cornejo.

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