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“All indications” Cubs will trade Emilio Bonifacio

Jul 31, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

Emilio Bonifacio AP

Emilio Bonifacio was available to the Cubs on a minor-league deal after being released by the Royals in February and now five months later they’re going to get something in return for the 29-year-old speedster.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that “all indications are the Cubs will trade Bonifacio” before this afternoon’s deadline and lists potential suitors as the Giants, Mariners, Reds, Orioles, and Royals (yes, the same Royals who released him in February).

As an impending free agent Bonifacio isn’t in the Cubs’ long-term plans and his defensive versatility and speed make him an attractive bench option for contenders. He’s not much of a hitter, though, batting .279 with a .692 OPS in 69 games this season and .264 with a .667 OPS for his career.

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  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Bonifacio has disappointed several teams during his career. He seems like a nice person. I hope he does well in his new home.

  2. unclemosesgreen - Jul 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Just another example of Theo Epstein harvesting value wherever he can find it. The Good Face held it down in the majors and allowed some prospects to stay in the minors. Now they’re probably going to flip him for some minor league organizational depth. Well done.

  3. bfunk1978 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Is this 30 second video preceded by a 45 second ad going to auto-play every time I click an article? Using Chrome and IE11 it just starts everywhere and it’s not particularly workplace friendly as a result.

  4. paco53 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I wanted the Reds to sign him this winter. I would take him now but I hope he does not cost much.

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