photo by Samara Pearlstein
Trade rumors can BITE MY TIGER-STRIPED TAIL END.
Jeremy Bonderman is ours, all ourrrrrrrssssssssssss, our preeeeccccciiioooouuuussssss. So saith the Associated Press: $38 million over 4 years. He would’ve been up for grabs after the 2008 season if this deal hadn’t been made, but now we have him locked and loaded ’til 2010, ensuring a Bonderman/Inge Axis of Awesome until at least that date.
Bonderman will be 28 in 2010. This boggles my mind, in a good way.
In the 4 seasons he’s been in the majors, his ERA has dropped every year, from 5.56 in his rookie year (when he was, mind you, still unable to legally purchase alcohol, and when the entire team sucked worse than lampreys) to 4.08 this past season. He’s only just turned 24 and, since I think we can count ’03 as a year a normal team would’ve left him in the minors, is still coming into his own.
His mechanics, from what I have seen, are fairly clean… not to get nutty here or anything, but I’ve most often heard/seen his pitching motion compared to that of Roger Clemens, and while the Rocket is clearly a freak of nature, when it comes to the repeatability of his motion, that bodes well. He’s had some injuries but nothing like an oblique strain or anything that’ll make your soul explode in tears of concern when it comes to pitchers. Was his only major injury so far that incident where he got bopped on the hand/wrist/arm by a comebacker and never quite shook it off? That’s not bad at all.
I like this signing very much, as probably everyone and their grandkitten could have predicted. It’s a great price, especially when you take into account Bondo’s age, talent level, potential talent level, and the absurdly inflated baseball meat market this offseason. It’s a good length; we get Bondo in our clawed clutches for a solid amount of time, and if he’s an amazing All Star pitcher by the time he’s 28, he’ll deserve a big payoff from either us or someone else, which this allows him to get. And if he stinks, well, four years probably isn’t going to make or break the team. Everyone wins.
Here’s to another four seasons of Jeremy Bonderman being better than you!