According to FoxSports.com and a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi, the Phillies have signed former Detroit Tigers reliever Eddie Bonine. Not many details are available at this time, but when more becomes available we’ll bring it to you.
Bonine is a 29-year old that had a fairly down year with the Tigers last season, sporting an ERA in the mid-four’s and a WHIP of 1.56. He did so in 47 appearances. According to ESPN.com, they see him as a possible starter to join the fight for the fifth spot in Spring Training with Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley.
Bonine has been known to incorporate a knuckleball into his repertoire.
UPDATE: 4:40 pm: Fox Sports is also announcing the Phillies have signed catcher Erik Kratz to a minor-league contract. He spend last season with the Pirates playing in nine games and hitting .118 in the bigs.
Also, Bonine’s contract is in fact a minor-league deal.