— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 9, 2012
Morosi doesn’t provide insight to the terms of the deal, but the initial word was that Bonderman was only looking for a minor league contract and an invitation to spring training. He (Bonderman, not Morosi) has made 193 starts for the Tigers, but probably would only figure to be in the running for a bullpen spot if he could pitch his way onto the team in camp. Unless, of course, he’s made a miraculous recovery and finally learned that third pitch (old bit), but I wouldn’t count on that.
I’m sure the Tigers don’t see Bonderman as a solution to the bullpen spot vacated by Jose Valverde, and they probably aren’t even expecting him to make the team, but it doesn’t hurt to bring him into spring training on a low-risk minor league contract. It’s just crazy that he had an eight-year career, took the last two seasons off, and will still be just 30 years old.