December 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM
Mariners sign Kennewick native Jeremy Bonderman to minor league deal
This move is not intended to be the replacement answer for Jason Vargas. At least not yet.
But the Mariners have signed former Pasco High School star Jeremy Bonderman, a native of Kennewick, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bonderman hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010 and underwent “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery last April.
Once upon a time, Bonderman, 30, looked to be a rising star within the Detroit Tigers organization. He made his big league debut at age 20 and a few years later went 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA over 214 innings for the Tigers in 2006, when they reached the World Series.
The former first-round pick by Oakland in 2001 went 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA in 207 career appearances, of which 193 were starts.
In a recent interview with Buster Olney of ESPN, Bonderman said he’d dropped 30 pounds and now carries about 210 — the same as he did coming out of Pasco High.