Tag:Jeremy Bonderman
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:02 am
Edited on: March 2, 2011 10:19 am

Pepper: Teixeira ditches Boras

By Matt Snyder

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has decided to part ways with Scott Boras (seen above during happier times), ending a 12-year relationship with the uber-agent.

"There are a lot of things and no reason to go into details," Teixeira said. "We have been together long enough and time to go in a different direction ... When I hired Scott at 18 to help with career there was talk about free agent contract. At times I was Mark Teixeira, Scott Boras client instead of Mark Teixeira, baseball player." (New York Post )

As a Boras client, Teixeira landed an eight-year, $180 million contract. He still has six years left on that deal, so one could argue he doesn't really need an agent's services too much the next few years. He's going to make $22.5 million in 2016 before becoming a free agent.

Boras also lost Alex Rodriguez as a client earlier this offseason.

It's an interesting query: Why are these guys leaving Boras? Both have plenty of years and money left on their contracts -- incredibly lucrative ones that Boras negotiated. Does it show a lack of loyalty or the players tiring of Boras -- or neither, as it could be just a coincidence?

Here's an enlightening quote on the situation.

Bryan Hoch, the MLB.com beat writer for the Yankees, tweets that "Teixeira said he wants to focus more on helping Yankees win and impact in community, not next contract. Feels Boras isn't best fit for that."

Interesting. So with six years left on a deal, Boras is still talking about the next one? While that's certainly his job, I can see how it would be a bit exhausting. It's not like Tex is going to be in the poor house anytime soon.

DEJA VU: Milton Bradley is swinging a hot bat in the spring. He's had problems with his current manager before (Eric Wedge), but he's learned from his mistakes and is now focused on doing the right things to help the team win. The manager is singing his praises. And it's March 2. We've heard this song and dance before, even if some specifics are different. Maybe one of these days something will change. Until then, history is the biggest indicator of future behavior. After 11 seasons, you don't even need a whole hand to count the number of times a season has ended on a positive note for Bradley. He's going to have to prove otherwise for a full season before getting the benefit of the doubt here. (MLB.com )

LILLY SCRATCHED: Ted Lilly was supposed to make his spring training debut Wednesday, but he's been scratched due to the flu. No long-term worries here whatsoever, though no new date for Lilly's first spring outing has been set. (MLB.com )

TROUBLE ON THE HOME FRONT? There seems to be some signals crossed in Pirates camp when it comes to Scott Olsen. Sunday, Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said that Olsen was fighting for the fifth rotation spot and could be sent to the bullpen if he loses out. That was news to Olsen. "He hasn’t told me that, I don’t know anything about the bullpen, I’m a starter," Olsen told the Post-Gazette. "They didn’t bring me in here to be a bullpen guy," he continued. "They want to do that, we are going to have to have a conversation about it, and we haven’t had one about it." Um, really? We're talking about a guy with this line in his career as a starting pitcher: 36-49, 4.87 ERA, 1.48 WHIP. In the past two years, he's 6-12 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. And he apparently thinks he's in a position to make demands? Wow. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette )

STAYING PUT: Brandon Phillips wants to stay with the Reds. The Reds want to keep him. Of course, in baseball we know we have to deal with much more than that, when it comes to dollars the player feels he's worth and the dollars the smallish market team can pay him -- especially with all the young talent the Reds have on the roster. John Fay breaks down how it might shake out. (Cincinnati Enquirer )

HIATUS? Former Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has still yet to sign a contract. In fact, he may be ready to sit out an entire season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports via Twitter that he talked to a player who knows Bonderman and "more than likely he's going to sit this year out." Crasnick also offered that Bonderman "doesn't have the energy for more rehabs, or going to camp and having to fight for a spot." In several ways, it's easy to feel bad for Bonderman. First of all, he was thrown into the fire on the worst major-league team in recent memory as a 20 year old -- that 2003 Tigers team that went 43-119. Bonderman took his lumps all year, going 6-19 with a 5.56 ERA. A few years later, he was a quality pitcher on a team that made the World Series. Since then, he's fallen apart with injuries and has never really scratched the surface on his potential. He's still only 28, so maybe a full season of rest can do some long-term good for his baseball potential. (Crasnick on Twitter )

FRIENDS FOREVER: Barry Bonds' ex-trainer is going to jail, again, instead of testifying against Bonds. Loyalty or blind stupidity? You make the call. (Associated Press )

NO LOANS FOR YOU! The Mets will not be receiving any more loans from Major League Baseball. That cool $25 million from last November will have to do. Maybe the Mets could borrow back some of the money Jason Bay didn't earn last year? (New York Times )

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 11:48 pm

Bonderman not returning to Tigers

Jeremy Bonderman Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Tom Gage of the Detroit News that the team is not signing Jeremy Bonderman (via Twitter ).

Gage says that means Bonderman is about to sign somewhere else. The team had said it was open to re-signing the 28-year-old right-hander.

Bonderman was 8-10 last season with a  5.53 ERA in 29 starts for the Tigers. He's 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA in 193 career starts. He's pitched for Detroit since he came up as a 20-year-old rookie in 2003.

This is nothing but speculation, but Washington would make sense as a landing spot for Bonderman.

UPDATE: The Indians are in talks with Bonderman, MLB.com's Jordan Bastrain writes . The Indians appear to be offering a major-league contract and offering him a chance to compete for a spot in the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 10:20 am
Edited on: November 23, 2010 10:44 am

Report: Martinez to Tigers

Victor Martinez The first big free-agent signing of the offseason may be coming soon, as ESPNdeportes' Ignacio Serrano reports Victor Martinez is close to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers.

Martinez will return to the American League Central, where he played for the Indians from 2002 to 2009, when he was traded to the Red Sox.

Martinez hit .302/.351/.493 with 20 home runs for the Red Sox last season and is a career .300/.369/.469 hitter.

The Tigers have money to spare, with several big contracts coming off the books for 2011. The team announced earlier in the day that they would not be offering arbitration to their five free agents, Magglio Ordonez, Johnny Damon, Jeremy Bonderman, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 1:16 pm

Tigers making big decisions on 2011

Johnny Damon I'm sure Red Sox fans will be happy to hear Johnny Damon will be available this offseason.

Damon turned down a trade to the Red Sox in August because he liked Detroit so much and wanted to stay there. Apparently the Tigers think that's mighty nice, but he can move on along now.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski talked to reporters (via Steve Kornacki of MLive.com ) before Sunday's season-finale in Baltimore and said the team wouldn't bring back Damon, catcher Gerald Laird or starter Jeremy Bonderman, although Bonderman could be invited to spring training if he doesn't find another home.

The team will also decline their $15 million option on outfielder Magglio Ordonez, Dombrowski said, but would like to bring him back at a more team-friendly price.

As for those staying, the team has offered third baseman Brandon Inge a multi-year contract and may pick up shortstop Jhonny Peralta's $7.25 million option.

Dombrowski said the team will be looking to add a middle of the order "RBI threat" with the $70.1 million coming off the team's books.

Also, manager Jim Leyland told reporters (via the Detroit Free Press ' John Lowe ) that left-hander Phil Coke will be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

"We need a left-hander in the rotation," Leyland said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 26, 2010 3:04 pm

Laird, Bonderman preparing to leave Tigers

Jeremy Bonderman The Detroit Tigers have a bevy of free agents such as Brandon Inge, Gerald Laird, Johnny Damon and Jeremy Bonderman, and it's unlikely the Tigers bring any back.

With a significant amount of money freed up, the Tigers need to retool to stay competitive in the AL Central, and all of these potential free agents have, to varying degrees, warts in their game.

Take Gerald Laird, for example. Acquired prior to the 2009 season after posting a .276/.329/.398 line in381 plate appearances from the Rangers, Laid has been a black hole for Detroit and has lost his starting job to Alex Avila. Laird has 290 PA on the season with a .211/.268/.307 line not even befitting a backup catcher. It's been pretty clear for a while that Detroit isn't going to bring the righty back.

However, the 30-year-old isn't upset and is looking to part amicably, as the Detroit News reports .

"I love it here, I've had a great time here, but honestly, I can't do the same thing this year and platoon," Laird said. "I'm only 30 years old, I've got some good years left, and I want to play every day and get 350, 400, 500 at-bats."

Laird cited John Buck as someone he would love to emulate. Buck struggled to put his career together in Kansas City before signing a deal to join Toronto where he's had a breakout season and should net a nice deal as a free agent. Interestingly enough, Laird's role model could end up replacing him in Detroit. As the News reports, the Tigers may go after Buck as they would like to pair Avila with another catcher in a platoon role, or even keep Avila as the backup.

Laird's batterymate, Jeremy Bonderman, is in much a similar situation as Laird, conceding he's probably finishing up a Tigers career that began at age 20.

"In all honesty, probably not," Bonderman told Tom Gage of the News when asked if he would return to Detroit.

Bonderman hasn't been the same pitcher since undergoing arterial surgery in 2008. His fastball ranked an average 92 mph in 2007 (93.2 the year before) but that has sunk to 89.9 mph in 2010. However, the 28-year-old has learned to become a pitcher, as the News notes. That, among other things, has endeared him to Detroit's front office but it may not be enough in a season of transition.

"I love it here, and I've got a lot of respect for the fans," said Bonderman, who has a 8-9 record for Motown along with a 5.18 ERA in 166 2/3 innings. With the drop in velocity and the tender age of 28, it may make sense for Bonderman to sign a one- or two-year (with the second year including escalators) with a National League team. It would line him up to produce better and give him another chance at a significant long-term deal in a year or two.

"Whatever works out for the business, I'm just gonna enjoy these last couple of starts. And then I'll just go home and see what the deck deals me," the righty added.

"Everyone has different chapters in their lives. This might be one for me."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 8:03 pm

Brewers on hunt for pitching in offseason

Bronson Arroyo When the Milwaukee Brewers won 90 games in 2008, it was supposed to be the beginning of a string of playoff contention.

Instead, it was the Brewers high-water mark since 1992, and it's been more of the same failings since -- largely due to having one of the worst pitching staffs over the last two seasons.

That fact alone is likely to mean the demise of Ken Macha as manager, as the Boston Globe 's Nick Cafardo notes with owner Mark Attanasio possibly eyeing a shakeup.

Regardless of Macha's fate, Milwaukee's focal point this offseason will need to be acquiring pitching. The team has only Yovani Gallardo and Randy Wolf as viable rotation candidates. Dave Bush will be a free agent and will likely struggle to do better than his $4.215 million salary of 2010. Chris Narveson is pure filler, while Chris Capuano is coming off a two-year absence and is best used out of the bullpen. Free-agent import Doug Davis was a disaster to start the season then went down to injury.

Suffice it to say, Milwaukee has a lot of work ahead of itself. The good news is that payroll, at $90 million in 2010, will plummet to only $32.3 million guaranteed with only Prince Fielder due a significant raise, and even he may be on the way out. Making $11 million, Fielder will be entering his final season of arbitration and is likely to hit free agency and sign for millions the Brewers can't and shouldn't allocate to the beefy first baseman.

Cafardo says the team will make a hard push for Cliff Lee, the premier pitcher on the market. While that's admirable, it's difficult to imagine Lee agreeing to join the Brewers -- this will be his first -- and most likely last -- foray into free agency with a reasonable expectation of a massive payday.  Milwaukee isn't the type of club to commit those dollars, plus Lee may be looking to join a team with more stability in terms of year-to-year contention. It's not impossible, but it's improbable.

Another name Cafardo points out is more in line with what the Brewers can afford -- quality starters who aren't aces. That's Bronson Arroyo (pictured), who has fashioned himself a strong career as a durable, mid-rotation starter who won't break the bank, plus sign for a long deal and tie up money too far in the future to predict for a pitcher.

As long as we're naming names for the Brewers to consider in their hunt for starting pitchers, Jeremy Bonderman is another possibility. Bonderman has something rare for free-agent pitchers: the fact he's under 30. Having spent the last few seasons working back from injury, Bonderman has spent much of 2010 putting to rest concerns on how his shoulder would hold up after surgery. Bonderman will be 28 on October 28 and should be in fair demand on the market due to his age despite his 5.27 ERA in 136 2/3 innings, especially given the ERA is inflated given what he has actually produced.

Jorge De La Rosa could be an option to return to Milwaukee. The lefty finally put everything together in Colorado after stops with the Red Sox' minor-league system, a three-year run in Milwaukee and the Royals before landing in Colorado. De la Rosa has sketchy command but can punch out batters, and will spend 2011 being 30 years old.

Other possible fits include Hiroki Kuroda, who has had a solid run for the Dodgers, Ted Lilly, Carl Pavano and Javier Vazquez.

No, none are bona-fide aces, but they have that in Gallardo. What they need is depth to have any hope of contending with Cincinnati and St. Louis.

If the free-agent market is not to the team's liking, one internal option could be top prospect Jeremy Jeffress, who has put his second drug suspension behind him after testing positive for marijuana twice. Jeffress may be called up to pitch out of the bullpen in September after being converted to a reliever following the second suspension. Jeffress has a cumulative 2.32 ERA split among three levels, most recently Double-A where he has a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings. He's whiffed 15 and walked two, so clearly he has taken to the bullpen.

Is that really the best move for the fireballer? Young, power arms in the rotation are in short supply, and Jeffress could yet emerge into a low-cost, top rotation option. This decision is something the Brew Crew is currently struggling with.

"The tough part with power pitchers like him is where are they with their pitch counts," Macha says of the decision to convert Jeffress , reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . "Are they going to pitch deep into games? The strike zone up here is tighter; hitters are more selective."

Whether Jeffress or a free agent, the Brewers' No. 1 priority this offseason is pitching. Whether they can get it remains to be seen.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:29 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 1:56 pm

Bonderman considering retirement

Jeremy Bonderman It's not often a 27-year-old making $12.5 million considers walking away from the game.

Yet, that's exactly what Jeremy Bonderman is considering.

Bonderman missed the vast majority of the 2008 and 2009 seasons thanks to right shoulder surgery. Now, he's finally back and in the final year of his contract. He currently has a 5.05 ERA (4.46 xFIP) in 108 2/3 innings, striking out 76 and walking 30.

"I feel I have a lot left," Bonderman told the Detroit Free Press . "If I really w.ant to play, I can play. I'm just kind of thinking about it. I don't know if it's what I'm going to do."

Bonderman feels he has three choices: resign with the Tigers, sign with a team out West or retire. Retirement has been on his mind ever since his injury problems and he finds himself thinking more and more about spending time with his children in-between taking turns on the mound for a Detroit team hungry to make the playoffs

"[Owner Mike Ilitch] and the Tigers' organization have given me an opportunity to provide for my family really well, and I feel like I've saved a lot of money and I have the ability to be able to do what I want -- whether it's be with my kids every day or go on fishing trips with my dad or brothers," Bonderman added.

He can certainly afford to retire, as he will have made around $41.33 million over his big-league career, according to Baseball-Reference.com. But he could make so much more with even just a few more years into the game and still retire young.

Detroit has a lot of money coming off the books, so it is possible they could seek to bring Bonderman back into the fold even though they have Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello projected to front the rotation next year.

In addition, there are plenty of teams out west who may want Bonderman to join their team. Teams in need of pitching on the West Coast number every team playing on the coast. So while retirement may be a palatable option, it's far from a sure thing Bondo will retire.

After all, he's an accomplished starter who will be just 28. There is a market for that -- whether in Detroit or out west.

-- Evan Brunell

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