Arizona Diamondbacks sign Eddie Bonine to minor-league deal

Andrew Burton

Former Kevin Towers draft pick, RHP Eddie Bonine, ends up back with Towers in Arizona.

For a Diamondbacks team that appears ready to reload, General Manager Kevin Towers has dipped into his magic bag and pulled out another bullpen arm. And - surprise, surprise - it's one that he drafted as GM of the Padres, right-hander Eddie Bonine. The 31-year-old pitcher, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, signed to a split contract with the D-Backs, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The contract will pay Bonine $500,000 if he makes the big-league roster, as is the nature of split contracts.

Drafted by the Padres in the 23rd round in 2003, Bonine bounced around the Padres farm system before being claimed by the Tigers as a Rule 5 pick. After getting a handful of starts over two seasons for Detroit, the Tigers converted Bonine to a reliever in 2010 where he posted a 4.63 ERA over 68 innings. After signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies and failing to make the big-league roster, Bonine appeared in 11 games before needing Tommy John surgery.

Bonine attended Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona.

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