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Royals utilityman Emilio Bonifacio drawing trade interest

Dec 1, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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In his latest column for the Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton reports that Royals team officials have acknowledged that utilityman Emilio Bonifacio has drawn “steady interest” from other teams as a trade target. The 28-year-old is eligible for arbitration for the third and final time after taking home $2.6 million in 2013.

Bonifacio finished with a paltry .625 OPS in 2013, but he stole 28 bases in 36 attempts and logged playing time at second base, third base, and in center field. He has played shortstop and both outfield corners in the past as well.

  1. slaugin - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Thought he was a Blue Jay?

    • Bill Baer - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      The Royals purchased him from the Jays in August. Blockbuster move.

  2. kcrobert10 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    We got him last yr when Toronto cut him. Has more value to us than trading him same as butler.

  3. sincitybonobo - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Whatever compromising photos Bonifacio has of multiple MLB GM’s met be really incriminating.

    • sincitybonobo - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      The price of Chuck Carr career stats have appreciated nicely in the past 15 yerars.

  4. tcclark - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    This guy is one of the more underrated players in baseball. He can play almost every position well, steals a ton of bases, and stole 40 bases while hitting nearly .300 just 2 years ago. He is more than a utility man and when he gets the opportunity to play regularly he plays well.

    • yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Disagree. He’s rated as appropriately as a guy who puts up a .552 OPS in 227 first half ABs and gets summarily released for it should be rated.

      • tcclark - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:37 AM

        Wow one half of a season for a team that didn’t have a place for him defines his whole career? How about the .753 OPS he put up in 565 whole season ABs he put up in 2011? That year happens to be his last healthy season where he wasn’t used as a utility infielder. At least until he went to Kansas City last year and saw regular playing time and posted a .700 OPS which is still pretty good for a guy who makes his living off of singles.

      • paperlions - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        Wow one whole season defines his whole career?

        Objectively, he’s a fast and versatile player who isn’t an above average defender at any position, has no power, and has a poor OBP for a guy with his speed. He has a career wRC+ of 80, which is really bad (100 being average). Since he came into the league, among all 196 players that have 2000+ PAs, his 80 wRC+ ranks 189th. About his only true value is his good base running. If he hit or fielded well enough to justify being more than a utility player, then teams would play him more.

      • tcclark - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        First of all, you don’t become a utility fielder without being at least above average in fielding. You don’t see the Phillies trying Ryan Howard out at shortstop or the Tigers throwing VMart out in center field. The guy has played 6 of the 9 possible positions in baseball. You don’t play bad fielders at 2nd, short, or center (where he’s played the most).

        Secondly, look at his numbers. When he gets regular playing time at a regular spot in the batting order, he produces. The Marlins played him mostly at 3rd in ’11 and he put up really solid numbers. The Royals got him last year and played him regularly and he produced well there too. The Blue Jays treated him like a utility guy and spread him around the field and the batting order filling various holes and he didn’t produce. Nothing went right for the Jays last year. I won’t base R.A Dickey’s career or Josh Johnson’s career on last year’s performance. It was a mess.

        Bonifacio is an underrated player. Teams see his versitility and automatically see a utility guy, but he’s more than that. Unless your team needs a first baseman, a catcher, or a pitcher, Bonifacio should interest you. He also gives your team flexibility come free agency. Let’s say he’s playing Center for your team and your third baseman leaves via free agency. Not only can you look for 3rd baseman to replace him, but you can look for center fielders as well (which are a little easier to find) because Bonifacio can move over to third base. He is a player that every team should want.

  5. Old Gator - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    I was sorry to see him traded from the Feesh but when you’re a Feesh fan you get used to Scrooge McLoria’s salary dumping. Surprisingly, he just did not play very well for the Feather Lice and I lost track of him went he moved over to Kansas City. Now that he’s been stuck playing designatedhitterball for a full season I would guess he’d’ve become familiar with the pitchers in the league, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s back to hitting in the .275 range, drawing more walks and stealing a lot of bases again this coming season. He’ll be an asset wherever he winds up.

  6. natsfan09 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Come back to Montreal, er…. I mean Washington!

  7. vols84 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Could the Royals package Dan and David Glass in this trade too?

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