2/15 Cubs sign Bonifacio – UPDATED
The Cubs have signed infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and he will join the team as a non-roster invitee. Bonifacio, 28, split last season between the Blue Jays and Royals, batting .243 for the season. He batted .285 with Kansas City. A switch-hitter, he has played for the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Marlins as well, compiling a career .262 average.
He began last season as the Blue Jays Opening Day second baseman but switched to the outfield to create an opening for Maicer Izturis. Last Aug. 14, he was dealt to the Royals, the fourth time he’s been traded. On Feb. 1, he was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for the Royals, then was released on Feb. 12.
He would bring some speed to the Cubs. Bonifacio swiped 40 bases in 2011, 30 in 2012, and 28 last season combined.
– Carrie Muskat