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Most people are irritated that the Twins would designate Bonser for assignment before guys like Bobby Keppel or Drew Butera, but this move was most likely driven by salary. Bonser is arbitration eligable and missed all of the 2009 seaseon after undergoing shoulder surgery. Bonser could command seven-figures in arbitration, which the Twins felt that it was too big of a risk for a player in Bonser's shoes. Keppel will probably be the next player taken off if the Twins add another free agent.
The Twins acquired Bonser from the Giants over six years ago. The Twins sent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to San Francisco in exchange for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Bonser. Bonser had a successful Minor League career but couldn't stay consistent in the Majors. Bonser appeared in 96 games (including 60 starts) over three seasons and posted an 18-25 record with a 5.12 ERA. Many believe that Bosner is best-suited for a job in the bullpen, but unless he accepts an assignment to Triple-A, he'll be trying to prove that on another team.