Mariners sign RHP Jeremy Bonderman to Minor League contract
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.
Bonderman, 30, last appeared in the Majors in 2010 with the Detroit Tigers when he went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA in 30 G/29 GS. He underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in April and has been working out in the Tri-Cities getting in shape for the 2013 season.
A Northwest native from Pasco, Wash., Bonderman pitched eight seasons for the Tigers from 2003-2010. He went 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA (639 ER, 1176.0 IP) in 207 career games (193 starts) for the Tigers, and recorded 7.11 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (929 SO).
In 2006, Bonderman was a key factor in the Tigers World Series run, going 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA in an AL-leading 34 starts. In the postseason he made three starts, going 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA (7 ER, 20.1 IP).
Bonderman was originally selected by Oakland 26th overall in the 2001 June draft following his junior season at Pasco High School. He made a quick rise to the Major Leagues, making only 27 minor league appearances before arriving in the Majors. He was traded to Detroit on Aug. 22, 2002, and made his Major League debut as a 20-year-old in the Tigers starting rotation in 2003.