Jeremy Bonderman signs minor-league deal with Mariners

Andrew Burton

The signing comes more than a month after the Tigers reportedly offered the pitcher a chance to return to Detroit.

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman has agreed to a minor-league deal and spring-training invitation with the Seattle Mariners, according to ESPN's Buster Olney:

The signing comes more than a month after the Tigers reportedly offered a contract to Bonderman, whom they picked in the first round of the 2001 MLB Draft.

The hard-throwing righty never fulfilled his potential in eight seasons with the Tigers, going 67-77 with a 4.89 ERA. Bonderman did show enough promise to earn a four-year, $38 million extension in 2006, but he never lived up to that contract.

In his last season with the Tigers, Bonderman went 8-10 with a 5.53 ERA. He underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery following the 2010 season and has been out of baseball since.

Bonderman has said that his pitching arm his healthy and he expects to be able to throw off of a mound by spring training.

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