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Cubs sign Emilio Bonifacio

Feb 15, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have signed infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract. This confirms a report from Ildefonso Urena on Twitter.

Bonifacio hit free agency earlier this week after he was designated for assignment by the Royals. He went unclaimed on waivers because of his $3.5 million salary, but he was expected to sign elsewhere quickly.

Bonifacio lands in a pretty good situation with Chicago, as they have questions in the outfield and at third base. It would be no surprise if the speedster ends up with significant playing time, at least initially.

Bonifacio turns 29 in May and hit .243/.295/.331 with three home runs, 31 RBI, and 28 stolen bases in 136 games last year between the Blue Jays and Royals.

  1. chiadam - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Oh good. It’d been too long since Theo and Jed signed a crappy .240 hitter to press all their crappy .230 hitters for playing time.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Theo loves terribly weak hitting players at power positions.

      So expect Emilio to become the full time corner outfielder….

      Unless he can score a bigger name like Brent Lillibridge.

      (I joke about that, but he probably already is on the team…I just don’t want to look it up).

  2. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Better you than me, Cubs

  3. kcroyal - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Dayton Moore thought he was worth 3.5 million, the rest of the league thought he was a minor league contract guy. This puts the Vargas signing into perspective.

  4. yourcubreporter - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I’m glad to have a little speed and utility in the signing. I say give it a chance before knocking the move…

    @yourcubreporter

    • jerze2387 - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Agreed. Theres a lot worse players taking up spots than .240 hitters with speed that can play almost any position on the field. Hes a consistent .240-2.60 hitter judging by his career, and can steal 30 bases a year. Thats not bad for a guy you can put anywhere on the diamond you need a fill-in

  5. Bar None - Feb 15, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I called this when he was released. It is a low-risk/high-reward signing. If he doesn’t do well, you aren’t out much. If he does great, your team wins.

    • paperlions - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      It is actually a low risk – low reward signing. Bonifacio isn’t actually any good at baseball. His only asset is speed. Yes, he can be told to stand at many positions on the field, but he is below average at every one….and he is also a well below average hitter, with a career wRC+ of 80.

  6. elvin2014 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    UPDATE:

    Cubs To Sign Emilio Bonifacio

    By Charlie Wilmoth [February 15 at 2:17pm CST]

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/

    2:14pm: Bonifacio will make $2.5MM, plus a possible $425K in incentives, if he makes the Cubs out of spring training, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. Bonifacio therefore will not make a league-minimum salary, as had previously been reported. Including the $574K Bonifacio will receive in termination pay from the Royals, his Cubs deal could pay him up to the $3.5MM he orginally would have received had he stuck with Kansas City.

  7. elvin2014 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    UPDATE:

    Cubs To Sign Emilio Bonifacio

    By Charlie Wilmoth [February 15 at 2:17pm CST]

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/02/cubs-to-sign-emilio-bonifacio.html

    2:14pm: Bonifacio will make $2.5MM, plus a possible $425K in incentives, if he makes the Cubs out of spring training, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. Bonifacio therefore will not make a league-minimum salary, as had previously been reported. Including the $574K Bonifacio will receive in termination pay from the Royals, his Cubs deal could pay him up to the $3.5MM he orginally would have received had he stuck with Kansas City.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    The first year of the next century dawns….

  9. bluestar94 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    This is going to force the Cubs manager(who the hell is he, anyway?) to make some big decisions. Which of the .220 hitters on the field now are going to be forced to the bench in order to get this .220 hitter onto the field. Complete team of crappola

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