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Rotation Options: Bonderman, Davis, Takahashi

Rotation Options: Bonderman, Davis, Takahashi

Bonderman hasn't been much better than Charlie Morton over the last three years.

Rob Biertempfel has an article looking at the Pirates' search for pitching this off-season.  Biertempfel highlights two pitchers who could be a fit for the Pirates: Jeremy Bonderman and Doug Davis (note: he's not saying the Pirates are targeting these players).

Bonderman isn't an appealing option.  He's only 28 years old, but he's had a horrible career.  His highlight was the 2006 season, when he posted a 4.08 ERA in 214 innings, along with an 8.5 K/9, a 2.7 BB/9, and a 0.8 HR/9.  Since then he's been plagued by injuries and poor performace.  He pitched 171 innings in 2010, missing a few games with a rib injury, but otherwise healthy coming off a 2009 season where he missed 128 games with a shoulder injury.

To illustrate a point on Bonderman, here are two pitchers from the 2008-2010 seasons:

Player A: 27 years old in 2010, 5.31 ERA, 5.7 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, 1.4 HR/9 from 2008-2010

Player B: 26...

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