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Royals acquire Emilio Bonifacio from Blue Jays

Aug 14, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

Emilio Bonifacio AP

Sunday afternoon the Royals acquired Jamey Carroll from the Twins and today they added another veteran utility man, trading a player to be named later or cash to the Blue Jays for Emilio Bonifacio.

Not so long ago Bonifacio looked like a potential everyday player, but the speedy switch-hitter has been terrible this season while batting .218 with three homers and a .579 OPS in 94 games for the Blue Jays after coming over from the Marlins in the Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle/Josh Johnson blockbuster.

Miguel Tejada being on the disabled list motivated the Royals to add the 39-year-old Carroll, but Bonifacio might be viewed as an alternative to Chris Getz at second base. Or maybe they just wanted some more speed and defensive versatility on the bench.

  1. cur68 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Alas, poor Bone Face: we barely knew ye. Have fun in KC, dude. Now, I hope Kawasaki is still around somewhere for the BeaverSmugglers. That guy can work a 2 strike count like nobodies bid-ness.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Kawasaki has been recalled and Rasmus to the DL. An outfielder still has to be added to the roster.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        Kevin Pillar has just been added to the roster and will probably play let field with Davis in CF. Pillar was selected in the thirty second round about 3 years ago, but has hit quite well at every minor league level.

      • mathieug79 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Kevin Pillar was recalled!

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Sounds like a perfect time for Moises Sierra or Anthony Gose.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        It appears that Gose will also be called up soon.

      • cur68 - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Has he learned to hit a curve ball yet? Last of him I saw, he hit the straight ball . . . well, not ver much but better than the curve. For those, bats were afraid.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        I have no idea if he can hit a curve yet. His BA this year has been disappointing. According to John Lott of the National Post, AA has indicated that Gose will probably be called up soon. Do not know whom he would replace.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        Gose is getting called up? Excellent just in time to be there for the Yanks, I love automatic outs and this guy is a great out in any lineup!!

  2. paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    He is very fast. Unfortunately, he’s a below average defender and a well below average hitter…and that is with his speed helping him to a career .329 BABIP.

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Speed is an ingredient in good stats for most good hitters. He hasn’t been as bad at the plate in the past as he has been this season, though. I was sorry to see him traded away based on his past performance with the Feesh – he was a good outfield fill in and, not quite what you’d call “streaky” as much as subject to prolonged periods of good and bad hitting, he was an offensive asset when he was locked in. He was also a nice guy to chat with (assuming your broken English was fluent) along the railings, very pleasant. It’s hard to imagine what the Feather Lice clubhouse must feel like these days; disappointment of that magnitude is like nausea to the soul. I hope a change to a more optimistic environment will get him restarted.

      • paperlions - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Speed can contribute, sure…but most of the best hitters aren’t fast guys…this year’s best hitters have been Cabrera, Trout, Davis, Ortiz, Votto, Goldschmidt, McCutcheon, Gonzalez, Encarnacion, and Posey….not a lot of speed there.

        Bonifacio’s problem is speed is his only real asset on offense or defense.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        I grant that’s been true this season, but it wasn’t really the case in the past. Down here, he was a pretty good get-on-base guy and even something of a contact hitter who could hit around .300 for long stretches, then taper back off to his mien .265 or so for a while, then surge again. There was one stretch of several months back a couple of years ago when he was batting well up into the .300s and leading the team in hitting. Then he got hurt somehow – I don’t quite recall what he did to himself – and when he came back, he stayed in the .265 range for the rest of the season. Ups and downs. For now, though, he does seem to have lost his batting eye. As I said, he’s a good guy and I do hope he find himself again in KC.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Speed is something you are lacking when it comes to making it to the bathroom on time

      • nbjays - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Whereas you, harry ole chimp, don’t have to worry about going to the bathroom… you just fling your crap wherever you happen to be at the time.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        Excremental humor is Poor Dim One Note Harry’s jape of first and last resort. You will have noticed how it’s about all he can think of to haul out (for which perhaps we ought to be grateful – this playground has so far remained thin on weenie waggers just the other side of the fence). His lack of a functional sense of humor is as one dimensional in its absence as his lack of baseball knowledge is one-dimensional in its absence as well. This is merely another sign that what we’re dealing with here is a pimply-faced adolescent, and an especially dumb one at that – or, alternatively, an acutely pathological case of arrested development, an It’s Alive baby in reverse, so to speak.

  3. kcroyal - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Dayton Moore has a disturbing fetish with utility infielders.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      Bonifacio has been better in the outfield than in the infield.

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        That was true here too. He was an adequate centerfielder, compromised only by his lack of a powerful arm. He got to balls pretty quickly.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    With Rasmus hurting, the Jays need another outfielder for today’s game. I wonder if it will be Gose or Pillar. Pillar is not on the 40 man roster, so for now, Gose is most likely.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      As I wrote above, it is Pillar, a very unheralded player who has hit well at every minor league level.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Pillar will be as good as Synder, in otherwords he wont ever matter much which kinda sums it up for all bluejay prospects. Basically the jays are terrible when it comes to evaluating players on their team and on other teams. They should just burn it all down and start over

      • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        That also kind of sums it up for your total (or totaled, in the sense of a car wreck) contribution to this blog. We don’t call you Poor Dim One Note Harry for nothing.

    • mathieug79 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Pillar’s contract was just purchased

  5. sportsdrenched - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Christian Colon, Johnny Giavotella, and Anthony Saratelli must have really made Dayton Moore mad.

    • kcroyal - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      Or we need someone that can play third.

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