Emilio Bonifacio Clears Release Waivers

Emilio Bonifacio has cleared release waivers and is now eligible to sign with any team as a free agent, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

The Royals avoided arbitration earlier with Bonifacio earlier this month, agreeing to a one-year, $3.5MM contract. However, since that time, they've agreed to bring lefty Bruce Chen back into the mix in 2014 and chosen to designate Bonifacio for assignment to clear roster space. The Royals were unable to find a trading partner and placed Bonifacio on release waivers two days ago. Arbitration contracts are not fully guaranteed, and as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports pointed out yesterday, Kansas City is only on the hook for roughly $575K of that $3.5MM guarantee.

Any team is now free to sign Bonifacio at any price. The speedy 28-year-old struggled to a .218/.258/.321 batting line in his short time with the Blue Jays but quickly turned it around upon arriving in Kansas City last year. With the Royals, Bonifacio slashed a healthy .285/.352/.348 in 179 plate appearances. He showed off his best tool — speed — by swiping 28 bases in 36 tries between the two clubs last season. Though he's not a gifted defender at most positions, Bonifacio is versatile; he comes with big league experience at second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. As many as nine clubs, including the Orioles, are said to have interest in the switch-hitter.


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35 Comments on "Emilio Bonifacio Clears Release Waivers"


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tim815
1 year 4 months ago

Surprising nobody went there.

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Rally Weimaraner
1 year 4 months ago

This has TB written all over it, low cost player who can play multiple positions.

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ziggy13
1 year 4 months ago

Only thing is he plays fairly poor defense at several of those positions

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Rally Weimaraner
1 year 4 months ago

Maddon has a knack for putting players like Bonafacio in in situation where they will succeed

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johnsilver
1 year 4 months ago

Maddon would be his kind of manager, but would really like to see him with O’s or some team where can pull for him..

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Defiancy
1 year 4 months ago

I know the Braves will kick the tires. They’ve liked him in the past.

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JimEdmondsMVP
1 year 4 months ago

He’d be a great 25th man for the Cards & would resolve the fan bases debate of Descalso vs Kozma.

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bighiggy
1 year 4 months ago

I like shane robinson but would rather have bonifacio instead. or keep robinson and trade or send down kozma and or descalso. Still think they would keep descalso and that would push robinson to the minors.

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HoochieCoochieMan
1 year 4 months ago

Article should say struggled with the Jays.