Pitcher Eddie Bonine chooses Phils over Tigers

The Phillies have signed former Tigers reliever Eddie Bonine to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bonine, who was 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in Detroit last season, was outrighted to Toledo by the Tigers and elected to take free agency rather than head back to the minors.

Detroit attempted to re-sign Bonine to a minor league deal, but he chose the Phillies, who reportedly sweetened their offer to make it better than what Detroit was offering in order to get Bonine to take their deal rather than return to Detroit.

Last season, Bonine served as a long-man out of the bullpen, making 46 relief appearances. In his career, the 29 year-old has pitched in 62 major league games, starting ten of those appearances. His career mark stands at 7-3, 4.74, all with Detroit.

Bonine throws a knuckleball, but can sometimes be wild. In 2010, he walked 22 while striking out just 26 in 68 innings of work.

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