Royals Place Emilio Bonifacio On Release Waivers

FEB. 10: The Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on Bonifacio, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Any team can now claim Bonifacio if they are willing to take on the entirety of his $3.5MM salary. Those claims will be determined according to last year's league-wide standings and are not subject to the in-season rule that would give AL teams the first shot at him (2013 league-wide standings are also used for the first month of the regular season, as opposed to league-specific priority). Should he clear waivers, he will be a free agent and can then sign with a team of his choosing.

FEB. 1: The Royals have designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment, according to a team release. The move clears space on the Royals' roster for Bruce Chen. Bonifacio, who will be 29 in April, hit .243/.295/.331 in 461 plate appearances divided between the Royals and Blue Jays in 2013.

In mid-January, the Royals agreed to a one-year, $3.5MM deal with him to avoid arbitration, so it comes as a surprise that they would designate him for assignment two weeks later. Chen's $3MM salary essentially replaces Bonifacio's $3.5MM, and arbitration contracts are not guaranteed, so the decision to designate Bonifacio may have been a matter of making room for Chen in the Royals' budget. The Royals could well trade Bonifacio in the next ten days. Pedro Ciriaco could pick up playing time as a utility infielder in Bonifacio's place.


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43 Comments on "Royals Place Emilio Bonifacio On Release Waivers"


Chad Johnson
1 year 6 months ago

That was stupid to DFA Bonifacio, he can hit ok, steal you 30+ bases and play passably all over the field.

1 year 6 months ago

Having seen Bonifacio play, I think this is a boneheaded play. We have other players who are less reliable than him. The recent acquisitions at KC have made CF the weakest position offensively. Dyson and Cain are almost interchangeable with frailty being the major difference. If it were up to me, either of those would be traded as Bonifacio can sub in more positions and provide roster flexibility.

1 year 6 months ago

Having seen Bonifacio play, I think this is a boneheaded play. We have other players who are less reliable than him. The recent acquisitions at KC have made CF the weakest position offensively. Dyson and Cain are almost interchangeable with frailty being the major difference. If it were up to me, either of those would be traded as Bonifacio can sub in more positions and provide roster flexibility.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 6 months ago

I wouldn’t mind SanFran jumping at this one. Good support for Scutaro, can play in the outfield (both need depth)… and a $3.5 mil, he’s a great back up… but I can’t see Sabean going for this.

Senior Editor
1 year 6 months ago

If he clears waivers, I see the Dodgers trying to sign him.

Senior Editor
1 year 6 months ago

If he clears waivers, I see the Dodgers trying to sign him.

1 year 6 months ago

Probably not. what value does Nunez have? Boni can at least steal a decent pile of bases. He just needs to get to first base.

daveineg
1 year 6 months ago

$3.5 million is a lot for a back up but he’d help a lot of teams in a super utility role. Somebody is going to claim him. I could actually see the Cubs doing it with idea of trading him at the deadline. He’s better than either Valbuena or Barney and could start for them.

BYOP
1 year 6 months ago

When did the $$$$’s ever matter to the Yankees. He’d be a good guy for most teams.

BYOP
1 year 6 months ago

Can the Royals afford that?

dgimbel
1 year 6 months ago

Makes too much sense for the Yankees not to sign him and his small 3.5 mil

rct
1 year 6 months ago

I could see this, but also bear in mind that Bonifacio isn’t very good.

IseeyouHanley
1 year 6 months ago

I really hope the Dodgers can get Bonifacio.

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Only if they’re going to start him. He has a history of becoming difficult in a bench role.

ctiger14
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure the Orioles will be along to make an offer soon. Another scrap pile reclamation project for DD.

GameMusic3
1 year 6 months ago

The Dodgers MUST get him and should have got a trade while he was under Royals control.

bravesnjays
1 year 6 months ago

Depends, he apparently wants a starting roll. The Braves could give him a super-utility quasi-starting role. He could give the entire infield minus Freeman an off day once a week and play left field once a week or so too, now that the Gattis/McCann situation has resolved itself. However, a lot of teams with deeper pockets could offer something similar. Honestly, if Uggla and BJ don’t come out of the gates strong, I would be perfectly ok with Bonafacio starting at 2b or left field (and obviously shifting Justin and Heyward). But at the end of the day I don’t see Bonafacio signing with the Braves (but I wish I could).
Edit: Although, didn’t Fredi stick up for Boni in FLA back in the day? If there is a good relationship there that ought to help.

123Redsox
1 year 6 months ago

chances say jamey Carroll doesnt make the opening day roster as the Winner of Espinosa and Rendon with start and the other be the utility infielder. There is currently no spot on the 25 man roster for Bonifacio in Washington. And a team that signs him would have to pay that 3.5 million this year so they wouldnt sign him as a depth option.

123Redsox
1 year 6 months ago

Bonifacio is being placed on unconditional release waivers meaning that he with go through waivers and if he is not selected by a team he will automatically be released and become a free agent

daveineg
1 year 6 months ago

Easy Dodger fans. I think your team will be okay if they don’t get Bonafacio. Last time I checked their rotation still looked pretty good.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 6 months ago

It might not be a bad call for LAD… They seem to be second-guessing themselves on Guerrero’s ability to play second, and they lack depth in guys who can play 2nd… Boni might not be a bad pick-up as an insurance policy for Kemp/Crawford/Hanley/Uribe/Guerrero.

GameMusic3
1 year 6 months ago

Right he can back up our 5 most volatile positions and has a chance to provide positive value.

mrnatewalter
mrnatewalter
1 year 6 months ago

I’m struggling to detect if that was sarcasm or not… because that was really the only acceptable response to my post.

GameMusic3
1 year 6 months ago

No sarcasm.

Fleer Carll
1 year 6 months ago

I was joking.

Catztradamus
1 year 6 months ago

No way he gets that far