Emilio Bonifacio Could Be Available

The Braves had interest in Emilio Bonifacio prior to his inclusion in the Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster, and they've learned this week that he may still be available, according to Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link).

The 27-year-old Bonifacio could see significant time at second base for the Blue Jays, but the presence of Maicer Izturis could also lead them to field offers on Bonifacio. Current Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez coached Bonifacio when he was still with the Marlins.

Bonifacio hit .258/.330/.316 in 2012 and swiped 30 bases in 33 attempts despite appearing in only 64 games due to a combination of thumb and knee injuries. He's logged at least 150 big league innings at all three outfield positions as well as third base, second base and shortstop.

It's worth noting that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters today, "I'd feel really confident we're not going to do anything," when asked about making a move at the Winter Meetings (Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reporting on Twitter). That obviously doesn't rule something out further down the line, however.


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