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Cardinals may be interested in Bonderman

Despite the addition of a couple of arms last week in the form of Miguel Batista and Ian Snell, rumors out of Detroit indicate the Cardinals may still be interested in adding another insurance starter.

Talk is that the Birds are considering the addition of Jeremy Bonderman who was displaced when another St. Louis target, Brad Penny, opted for a more lucrative offer from the Tigers.

Bonderman has twice won 14 games in his career. His best season was 2006 when he helped Detroit to the World Series against St. Louis. That season he had a 4.08 ERA which was by far his best showing in that category. Over the course of his eight seasons, Bonderman is 67-77 with an ERA of 4.89.

If those numbers don't concern you, Bonderman has fought shoulder problems since late in the 2007 season. Since then, he is 4-5 with a 5.31 ERA. Last year he managed to make 30 starts for the first time since 2006. But he struggled to an 8-10 mark and a 5.53 ERA.

Talk was that, when the Cardinals wanted Penny to come back, that he would fight it out with Kyle Lohse for the fifth spot in the rotation. The loser of the battle would go to the bullpen to be the long man. I'm not sure if they still need to fill that role with Bautista on board. But the more competition, the merrier.

The only way I see Bonderman in  a Cardinals uniform is if he has no other serious suitors. The Cardinals let Penny go because his $3 million guarantee with another $3 million possible in incentives from the Tigers was more than they could afford to pay. So Bonderman, who is also rumored to be drawing interest from the Yankees, would likely have to cost less than $3 million total to even have a chance to come to St. Louis.

But maybe that's for the best. Both of Bonderman's Tiger teammates who later came to the Cardinals, Mike Maroth and Nate Robertson, were able to offer much. Maroth was 0-5 with a 10.66 ERA in a St. Louis uniform while Robertson was never able to make it out of the minor leagues.