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After signing a four-year extension in 2007, Jeremy Bonderman has been less than spectacular.
Jeremy Bonderman was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2001 first-year player draft. He was drafted by the Oakland A's, but never saw daylight in Oakland. He was dealt to the Tigers in 2002 and made his Big League debut a year later.
And what a dubious debut it was. Bonderman made 28 starts for the Tigers that year, and finished with a 6-19 record and a 5.56 ERA. The Tigers themselves had a less than spectacular year, ending with a record of 43-119.
But before long, Bonderman began piecing things together. He won at least 10 games each of the next four seasons. He struck out more than 200 batters in 2006, which was his finest season to date. The following season, Bonderman inked a nice four year contract extension, worth $38 million.
Injuries and ineffectiveness soon crept up on the young right-hander, making that extension look like a complete bust. He finished 2010, his last season in the Motor City, 8-10 with a 5.56 ERA. He is currently a free agent, and will look to latch on to a team before Spring Training, most likely on a Minor League contract.
At 28 years of old, there is still time for Bonderman to turn things around. But if he doesn't make strides soon, he could become the next once talented arm to head off to Japan.