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Royals release Emilio Bonifacio, eat a half-million bucks

Feb 12, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Kansas City has released Emilio Bonifacio after the utility man and his $3.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers. Because his one-year deal was an arbitration avoidance it’s not fully guaranteed, so by releasing him the Royals are only on the hook for around $575,000. Or maybe “only” is a better way to put it.

Either way, Kansas City basically flushed $575,000 down the drain between the time they signed Bonifacio two weeks ago and now. And he’s free to sign with any team for any amount he can get, like a normal free agent.

Kansas City’s budget changed when Bruce Chen agreed to re-sign and it’s hard to imagine Bonifacio finding another gig this late for near $3.5 million after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .625 OPS in 136 games last season.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    The Yankees could use him, but he seems more valuable to an NL team.

    • yankeefan1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      The Yankees won’t sign him, Cashman only signs infielders that bat below the Mendoza line.

  2. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Braves could use him as a 3B/2B/OF backup. Plus he could be used as an effective pinch runner on a team with Doumit and Laird as the primary PH

  3. paperlions - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    The mistake was offering him arbitration, cutting him just minimized the damage from that mistake.

    • jwbiii - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Sauteed with onions and green peppers with a meuniere sauce.

  4. sportsdrenched - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    I’m sort of a closet foodie. I’m more interested in how they prepared the Half Million Dollars before eating it. Was it fried, backed, smoked, sautied, we need to know these things?

  5. Bar None - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cubs made a run at him. They had 2 players claimed off waivers. I’m assuming one spot was get Hammel on 40-Man. The other? They are looking for back-up 2B/SS/3B.

  6. chc4 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Always liked this guy when he was a Marlin. Struck out too much for a slap hitter but when he puts the ball in play he’s pretty darn good. Of course that was 3-4 years ago.

    • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Wouldn’t be surprised if the Feesh signed him again.

  7. paco53 - Feb 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    I hope the Reds sign him. He can play CF and bat leadoff. Billy Hamilton can get another couple of months in AAA. With Bonafacio, you don’t need to carry a light hitting SS on the roster, since he can play SS.

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