Bonine, Kratz Agree to Minor League Deals
A source confirmed a FOXsports.com 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.