According to the Detroit Tigers’ official Twitter account, the team has signed pitcher Jeremy Bonderman to a minor league contract.
The #Tigers have signed RHP Jeremy Bonderman to a AAA contract. He will join the Mudhens Thursday at Buffalo.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 14, 2013
Bonderman signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners in the offseason and made 11 starts in AAA (4.53 ERA) before earning a call-up to the big club. Bonderman wasn’t good in the majors this year by any stretch of the imagination — his strikeout stuff appears to be completely gone — but his 4.93 ERA in seven starts wasn’t terrible for a replacement level back-end starter.
The Tigers surely aren’t signing him to be any sort of contributor to their big league club — he’s likely to be simply filling a spot in Toledo — but perhaps they see him as a decent emergency option should they lose a starter or two at any point during the second half of the season.