Bonine, Kratz Agree to Minor League Deals

bonine.jpgThe Phillies added pitching and catching depth today.

A source confirmed a report the Phillies verbally agreed to Minor League contracts with right-handed pitcher Eddie Bonine, who spent last season in the Detroit Tigers bullpen, and catcher Erik Kratz, who appeared in nine games with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bonine, 29, went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start) in 2010. He could compete for a bullpen job in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee or begin the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is a swingman-type pitcher, who could provide the Phillies versatility in a pinch.

Bonine has a fastball that sits around 90 mph, but he also throws a knuckleball. He went 7-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 62 appearances (10 starts) in three seasons in Detroit. He went 49-39 with a 4.52 ERA in 197 appearances (109) starts in his Minor League career.

Kratz, 30, hit .118 (4 for 34) with one RBI for the Pirates. He hit .274 with nine homers and 41 RBIs in 70 games with Triple-A Indianapolis.


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I’m going to try to avoid a snarky comment about how pitching castoffs from the Pirates and Tigers somehow add depth to a defending division champion, while it’s clear that everybody in the Majors needs pitching.

Too late.

possibly the way other caste-offs, like Werth, Victorino, Stairs, Sweeny, Romero, etc have added depth and so much more to the Phillies

f.i.j.: None of those guys were signed to minor league deals. They joined the Phils as Major Leaguers. Victorino was a Rule 5, Werth and Romero were free agents … When these two guys contribute to another World Championship I’ll come to Israel and buy you shakshouka.

Mule: Sharshuka isn’t my favorite, however, you can buy me a warma after you think of Valdez’s contrubutions last year and remember that he was a minor league signee. the guys I mentioned above were all other teams’ throw-aways. Guys we picked up cheap ’cause no one else wanted them

muleman: enjoy eating your words along with your shakshouka. I’m looking forward to both of these guys being the kind of contributors that have helped position the Phils to be in the top spot of the NL East for the past four years. They may not be stars (yet) but they will make a positive difference to this club.

All of these guys are turkeys until proven otherwise. f-i-j , you do not seem to remember that Valdez was waived this past season but there were no takers. He was a warn body needed to fill a spot and turned out well, nothing more, nothing less.

No insult taken, muleman. I know it’s just your m.o. and usually quite entertaining. I think these “throw-aways”, as f-i-j calls them, have brought a lot of LIFE to this team and have become fan-favorites for their style and intensity of play and contributions. It’s what made it happen for the Giants this season.

belle: I’m sorry, I didn’t realize your surname was Bonine and your husband’s was Kratz. I didn’t mean to insult your family members. You must be basing your opinion on Kratz’s 9 at-bats and Bonine’s career 1.55 WHIP. Or, maybe you’re just trying to be contrary? I hope you live close to Allentown so you’ll get to see them play.

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