11/12/10 4:50 PM EST
Phils sign Bonine, Kratz to Minor League deals
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
A source confirmed a FOXsports.com report that the Phillies verbally agreed to Minor League contracts with right-handed pitcher Eddie Bonine, who spent last season in the Tigers' bullpen, and catcher Erik Kratz, who appeared in nine games with the 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 at 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.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.