Cubs Moving Closer To Bonifacio Trade

TODAY, 12:04am: Also in on Bonifacio as of this morning were the Pirates, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

11:13am: There is plenty of action on Bonifacio, who is being pursued currently by the Orioles, Giants, and Mariners, tweets Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

Bonifacio is a backup option for the Mariners, along with Chris Denorfia, tweets Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Seattle prefers to add Alex Rios or Ben Zobrist.

YESTERDAY, 8:12pm: It does not appear that the Giants are going to acquire Bonifacio, according to a tweet from Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

6:42pm: The Royals are not yet close to adding Bonifacio, tweets Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

5:48pm: The O’s are not in on Bonifacio, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, who hears that the versatile fielder could be returning to Kansas City. Needless to say, that would be an interesting turn of events: Bonifacio finished well last year with Kansas City, was tendered a contract, agreed to a salary to avoid arbitration, and was then released before the start of the season.

5:14pm: At present, the Giants, Orioles, and Reds are all in play for Bonifacio, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

4:50pm: Bonifacio has been told to be prepared for a deal today, tweets Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

4:42pm: Bonifacio is indeed not in the lineup, with manager Rick Renteria saying it was “prudent” to hold him out, according to Rogers (Twitter link).

2:50pm: The Cubs are getting close to trading Bonifacio, tweets Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. Levine tweets that Bonifacio is not in tonight’s lineup, which could obviously signal that a deal is nigh. Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the Giants have been scouting Bonifacio all week, but the asking price for the impending free agent is said to be high.

2:32pm: The Orioles are Giants are considering Cubs utility man Emilio Bonifacio as a trade option, tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney.  Bruce Levine of 670 The Score adds the Royals, Mariners, and Reds as three more potential suitors (All Twitter links).

Bonifacio, 29, is hitting .279/.318/.373 in 298 plate appearances for the Cubs.  The switch-hitter is raking against lefties in this year’s limited sample.  He’s mainly played center field and second base for the Cubs.  Bonifacio is eligible for free agency after the season.


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130 Comments on "Cubs Moving Closer To Bonifacio Trade"


OaklandFan22
1 year 5 days ago

This guy would be a perfect fit for the A’s, being able to play both the outfield with Gentry and Crisp out and second base where we have major issues. Wanna take Hammel back?

jb226
1 year 5 days ago

I never expected Hammel to be as good as he was in Chicago, but ouch. I just looked at his numbers with Oakland and that’s got to sting. Sorry about that, I actually like the A’s! :/

over100
1 year 5 days ago

Hammel is a typical Cub starter. Overperforms, then stinks. Only needed to look at Garza, Dempster, Maholm and Feldman to know that. Yet the A’s were fooled just like them.

jb226
1 year 5 days ago

I’m not sure fooled is right. I think they were expecting to get a mid-to-back rotation guy, which Hammel has been most of his career. They were “fooled” in the sense that he has been more horrible than I think anybody expected, but not because they thought he was going to keep pitching to a sub-3 ERA.

sourbob
1 year 5 days ago

True. Also, this is only three bad starts. Consider that a rapid regression to the mean for his overall stats. He will probably settle down as the good #4 he was expected to be before long.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 days ago

Hammel is a notorious fast starter, IIRC. I don’t think he’s going anywhere but down for the A’s.

Travis2014
1 year 5 days ago

Don’t worry his FIP shows that he has pitched better than his stats show.

mlbaustin
1 year 5 days ago

I hope you’re wrong and the A’s get someone that will make an impact.

Erik DC Murray
1 year 4 days ago

I think the A’s are going to the show though, what a team they have!

Travis2014
1 year 5 days ago

C Mon Doug Melvin. What are you doing? Stop sitting on your hands.

sourbob
1 year 5 days ago

Doug Melvin was a catcher in Montreal?

bigbadjohnny
1 year 5 days ago

What happen to your “”C” prospects for the Cubs?

Travis2014
1 year 5 days ago

Huh?

Thomas W
1 year 5 days ago

the guys hits LHP really well, has speed and can play some D, worth 2.7 WAR over the last calendar year another smart signing by the cubs

sourbob
1 year 5 days ago

Multiple sources are saying the asking price on Bonifacio is high.

Maybe the Cubs feel the lack of hitters on the market makes a leadoff hitting OF/2B more valuable than he might be otherwise? Or maybe they feel no pressure to trade him and are pricing accordingly.

over100
1 year 5 days ago

The guy has hit terribly since April and is having one hot week. He doesn’t have a solid career. I can’t imagine him really having high value.

over100
1 year 5 days ago

The guy has hit terribly since April and is having one hot week. He doesn’t have a solid career. I can’t imagine him really having high value.

sourbob
1 year 5 days ago

I’m not personally arguing that he *should* have high trade value. I’m only speculating about why the Cubs seem to think he does.

He does have hits in six of seven games since coming off the DL. So that’s something, I guess.

Flubs
1 year 5 days ago

You’d make a great gm. “Boni is available, hes not that good so we dont want much for him”

sourbob
1 year 5 days ago

When did I say that?

Flubs
1 year 5 days ago

Theo is trying to sell Boni. He should he think highly of all of his players, ecspecially the one he is trying to sell

Flubs
1 year 5 days ago

whether he believes it or not, its called being a salesmen

jb226
1 year 5 days ago

I won’t lie, that’s weird. I like Boni, especially in the stretch run for a contender. But he’s just not worth that much.

Good on the Cubs if they can get somebody to overpay though.

over100
1 year 5 days ago

Bonifacio has hit .246 since April, with an OPS of .633

If you take out his hot week here, his OPS was .543 in May and June.

ubercubsfan
1 year 5 days ago

Hey, I can do this too. Take out one bad week in May/June and he has a:
.297 BA, .340 OBP, and OPS of .737!

Man, it’s nice to just take a week out of a players numbers anytime you want, right?

Robert
1 year 5 days ago

Cherry-picking at its finest! Ha, nice job!

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 5 days ago

I really want the Dodgers to go after this guy. He’d be a much better option off the bench than who we’re planning on going forward with now (see: Chone Figgins)

Gumby65
1 year 5 days ago

Oh the Dodgers may just do that to keep him from SF… Unfortunately we were clamoring for this to happen last offseason, and there is nowhere to put him in LA now.

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 5 days ago

Well he’d definitely be a bench guy. And Colletti LOVES these kind of flex guys. He could definitely fit, just depends on the price

Gumby65
1 year 5 days ago

Look for Chone to be DFA’d (or optioned, as I believe he has a split contract) after his rehab expires; Darwin Barney is the Utilityman of the Month now.

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 5 days ago

And that’s only until Arruebarruena comes off the DL, then depending on how close to roster expansions we are, we’ll probably DFA Barney lol

Gumby65
1 year 5 days ago

Arruebarruena (copied and pasted, tyvm) has been demoted to RanchoC (A Ball) on an internal disciplinary move versus DL (not sure of his suspension status as he is in today’s lineup). Barney’s deal is very team friendly—Cubs sent money to Dodgers believe it or not!

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 5 days ago

Oh that’s right. The brawl lol

Tre-Day
Tre-Day
1 year 5 days ago

Oh that’s right. The brawl lol

Gumby65
1 year 5 days ago

Well nevermind all of that, Barney optioned to Albuquerque…

Gumby65
1 year 5 days ago

The Orioles are Giants? Orange and Black will do that for some people…

GrilledCheese39
1 year 5 days ago

I feel like he could fit well on the Pirates. They really need to redo their bench. Harrison is the only acceptable one on it.

Badamike
1 year 5 days ago

To nab one of these SF pitching prospects would be an awesome get for the Cubs for Bonifacio…..Mejia, Mella, of Blach would be fantastic…prolly not likely

Thomas Erie
1 year 5 days ago

how much could the cubs possibly get Emilio bonafacio isn’t that good at all

J. Alora
1 year 5 days ago

He’d be a huge upgrade for the Giants. I imagine Sabean would part with a decent pitching prospect for him.

Thomas Erie
1 year 5 days ago

not for Bonafacio I have watched this guy he is nowhere near as good as his numbers suggest

J. Alora
1 year 5 days ago

All he has to be is better than Dan Uggla.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 days ago

Well, he has to be better than other 2B available for the same price.

1 year 5 days ago

Definitely better than Uggla. Great avatar. Bay area folks know that one well.

OaklandFan22
1 year 5 days ago

Please be the A’s!

Seth
1 year 5 days ago

Nice one Dayton Moore. Lets release a guy we had in the off season then try pick him up half way through the next season.

TheRealRyan
1 year 5 days ago

What is a high return for a soon to be free agent Bonifacio? A C/C+ prospect?

1 year 5 days ago

Supply and demand tells me it could be much better than that.

over100
1 year 5 days ago

The supply of utility players that have had only one good month and 2 terrible months is that low? Bonifacio was hitting worse than Darwin Barney for 2 months.

BaseballFuries
BaseballFuries
1 year 5 days ago

Hey, you know what I’d love to hear? Your ruminations on Bonifacio’s production in relation to that of another Cubs middle infielder . . . say, Darwin Barney. Any thoughts?

bigbadjohnny
1 year 5 days ago

Cubs just got a pretty good “A” pitcher from the Dodgers for Darwin Barney.

Badamike
1 year 5 days ago

Who?

bigbadjohnny
1 year 5 days ago

Jonathan Martinez from Class A system

Seamaholic
1 year 5 days ago

Not in Dodgers top 30. So, non-prospect.

Craig York
1 year 5 days ago

Unless I read it wrong, he was recently the Dodgers number 12 prospect.

EightMileCats
1 year 5 days ago

I like Bonifocio as a super utility guy. Can play OF, middle IF adequately… has solid speed.
I just don’t see how a guy who should bench player could justify a ‘high’ return

Eric Mack
1 year 5 days ago

Hopefully he’s headed to Atlanta.

Matt Johnson
1 year 5 days ago

The real question is… who would the Cubs replace his roster spot with? Has to be Baez right?

bigbadjohnny
1 year 5 days ago

Logan Watkins……Baez not on 40 man roster.

Matt Johnson
1 year 5 days ago

True, but moving Bonifacio opens a spot on 40 for Baez

BaseballFuries
BaseballFuries
1 year 5 days ago

With Doubront coming on board, Fujikawa will need that spot when he gets off the DL. That said, dumping Brett Jackson or Josh Vitters is possible. Still, I think it will be Watkins.

1 year 5 days ago

If Cubs had control beyond this season I wouldn’t mind if they kept Bonafacio for another year but if TheoJed can pick up another decent piece for the rebuild by flipping yet another player noone wanted in the offseason, hell yeah.

TLB2001
1 year 5 days ago

I like Bonifacio, but if the Royals trade for him after letting him go for nothing in the offseason, I won’t be happy. Besides, how does he improve our outfield situation? I don’t think he makes us any better than Jarrod Dyson.

Robert
1 year 5 days ago

A’s wouldnt surprise me at all. They need offense from 2B and help in the OF, Boni would fit both and will come pretty cheaply.
Also, he has great versatility which they seem to appreciate in Oakland. Maybe roll him into the Cubs PTBNL, and get a decent arm back…?
Wherever he goes, best of luck, Emilio.
He’s a nice ballplayer and depending on what happens between now and spring training ’15, I hope they consider bringing him back.
Switch hitter that can play every position on the field (aside from pitcher and catcher), who wouldnt want this guy on their roster?

Benjamin Orr
1 year 5 days ago

If the Yankees were smart, they’d go after Bonifacio. He’s exactly what they need.

bigbadjohnny
1 year 5 days ago

But does the Yankees have anything Theo wants?

DippityDoo
1 year 5 days ago

Zach Nuding or a Matt Tracy, I mean who would think the Cubs would get a Corey Black for Soriano. Plenty of nice options in Yankee’s system.