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A few notes from the off day … Bonderman pitched, Figgins got ditched

Post by Ryan Divish on March 21, 2013 at 12:37 am with 4 Comments »
March 21, 2013 1:05 am
Jeremy Bonderman throws during a workout earlier this spring. He pitched five inning yesterday.  AP Photo
Jeremy Bonderman throws during a workout earlier this spring. He pitched five innings yesterday in a minor league game and is fighting for a spot in the Mariners’ rotation. (AP Photo)

The Mariners had an off day, and I had an off day of sorts as well. That won’t be happening much again soon. So big thanks to my bosses at the TNT for giving me a little time today.

Jeremy Bonderman didn’t have an off day. He threw in a minor league game to keep on his normal rest.

Here are his numbers …

  • 5 innings pitched 
  • 24 batters faced
  • 1 run allowed
  • 5 hits
  • 4 strikeouts
  • 76 total pitches

Jackson Generals radio announcer Chris Harris was at the game and posted this blog about it.

I have no idea what this does for the race for the starting rotation. Eric Wedge just isn’t dropping any hints about this race.  

If I had to pick it … I’d go with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Joe Saunders, Erasmo Ramirez and either Blake Beavan or Jon Garland. I would try and convince Bonderman to start the season in Triple A with a contract buyout on May 1 if he’s not on the big league team.

It will be a big night on Thursday with Jon Garland pitching against the Cubs. This could be an important start for him in this competition.

Chone Figgins probably isn't smiling today. (AP photo)
Chone Figgins probably isn’t smiling today. (AP photo)

Meanwhile down in Miami, Chone Figgins has been released. My guess is Figgins will have to sign a minor league deal and go to Triple A if he wants to keep playing. But he will also be making $8 million this season. For as petulant as he could be, I really have no ill will toward Figgins. He wasn’t good. He didn’t know how to handle it. But he also made $36 million from the Mariners for doing almost as much as a batboy does for them.  I hope he figures it out. It doesn’t seem likely though.


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  1. bbnate420 says:

    Figgins is done. I don’t think that he was necessarily overpaid as far as his career goes. Maybe that’s why I don’t hold any ill will now that he is done taking up a roster spot. He was underpaid a number of years in LA. That’s how baseball works. It’s just too bad that the M’s had to be the ones to pay for nothing instead of LA making up for the years he was underpaid there.

  2. He was a good idea at the time but it just didn’t pan out as could reasonably be expected. It happens in baseball and in life. That was then, now we have too many good players to find a roster spot for. Bonderman, Garland and Bay all might pan out, that seems fair to me.

  3. Palerydr says:

    I don’t think there is any “Fair” in baseball just like in life, which I have told my boys from the first time I heard 1 of them say “that’s not fair”. I also wish the Angels had been the ones to overpay for Figgins, oh well what’s done is done deal with it and move on the best you can I say.

  4. Since we had to pay him anyway, I just wish we would have dumped him two years ago.

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