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The Jeremy Bonderman experiment

He's unemployed, but if he became a reliever, would he be a gem for someone?

Originally Published: February 4, 2011
By Dave Cameron | FanGraphs
Getty ImagesJeremy Bonderman might be a good relief candidate for a squad this spring.

Heading into the winter, Jeremy Bonderman appeared to be one of the more interesting free-agent starting pitchers on the market; unlike most other free agents, Bonderman is still relatively young, as he's headed into his age 28 season. Before shoulder surgery derailed him, he was an above-average pitcher.

He made a mildly successful return in 2010, throwing 171 innings for the Detroit Tigers, but the team decided it wasn't interested in bringing him back for another go at it, and other teams have been equally disinterested in giving Bonderman a chance to reclaim his past glory. So, with less than two weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, Bonderman remains unemployed.

What if Bonderman became a reliever, though?


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