|By Brendan Gawlowski||By 03-04-2013|
|1. By: Docmilo on 03-04-2013 05:40:12|
Will Bonderman go to Tacoma or is he MLB or bust? If he's serious about being back in the show you think he would at least accept an assignment thru May/June and have it in his contract that he becomes a FA if not on the big league club.
I would think it's going to be tough for him to overtake Garland and Beavan at this point.
|2. By: Rockstar Parking on 03-04-2013 07:08:41|
I'd guess Bonderman will be in Tacoma until at least June 1st. Enough places are describing this as likely, I'm assuming he'll accept an assigment there, at least on a short term basis. I haven't read anything about having an out in his contract for not being with the big club on opening day, or on June 1st, but so many of these minor league contracts for veteran players are structured that way that it's safe to assume he has similar language. I'd assume Garland has a similar provision.
Unless something goes seriously wrong though (injuries or ineffectiveness from Garland), I'd personally be surprised if he gets a call to Seattle before June 1. By then one of the kids may be 1st in line for a spot anyway. I'm guessing we don't ever see Bonderman in the Seattle rotation. I really hope he does well and can make it back to the bigs, even if not in Seattle.
|3. By: Edman on 03-04-2013 09:50:33|
Get back to me in a couple of weeks, and I'll let you know what I think. Considering that he hasn't pitched in two years, I'm not going to worry too much at the moment. He's in camp to work things out.
|4. By: maqman on 03-04-2013 11:34:53|
Granted it's early days yet but it seems he may have a bigger hill to climb to get back to pitching in The Show compared to Garland. At this point I favor Beavan over Garland simply because of the team control that comes with him but if Garland is roughly his equal I'm guessing they go with the grizzled vet presence. This would allow them to trade Garland at the deadline for more farm fodder and make space for Beavan or one of the Big Four.
|5. By: Mackie on 03-04-2013 17:38:06|
Just playing devil's advocate, Maqman, but what if the Mariners are in contention at the trade deadline and Garland is pitching well? This is the time of year to dream about those kinds of things happening too! 8-) I want them to be buyers at the deadline, i.e. if they have some kids or spare parts to trade for a useful veteran or two to keep them in a race, why not?
But that's an awful long ways off, and the odds could be against it. Anyway, to paraphrase Edman, maybe that's the kind of stuff to discuss in a few months and not worry about too much at the moment. 8-)
As for Bonderman, I hope he still has something left. I love the way he's making the try, and I hope he can get some things worked out this spring. I'd like for the M's to at least have him around in AAA as insurance, and if he isn't ready to go by the end of spring training, maybe a couple of months in Tacoma would be what he'd need to finish that process.
|6. By: rightwingrick on 03-05-2013 20:35:57|
I think it's a pleasant surprise that Bonderman hit 91-92 in his second outing, even if it didn't hold up. Man, it's been two years and a Tommy John less than a year ago! If I'm the M's front office, I had a talk with him about TJ recovery time at signing, with the obvious discussion having to do with realistic comeback time and a probably AAA start to the season. I'm hoping the M's are on to something with both Garland and Bonderman.
I also think Beavan is more a lock for the #5 spot than is Ramirez.
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