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


I reported this future signing was going to happen the other day on CCO, and the editor and his buddies shot me down………how did I know?…..I can’t tell.

But at least the Cubs will be looking at other movement on their infield with Emilio on board.

I find this very interesting. Another infielder.
Rizzo, Barney, Watkins, Bonifacio, Murphy, Castro, Valbuena and possibly Olt.
Someone is going to be saying goodbye soon.

Lets see how the next month goes….Watkins will head AAA most likely……could be the end for Barney.

I think Alcantrera was going to be assigned to AAA? I could be wrong, but, if that’s the case, Watkins sure did not get much of a chance. Sveum didn’t give him much of a chance, for sure.

They can use Bonifacio in both the infield and the outfield. The Cubs need a 5th outfielder, especially a right-handed hitter, and his versatility (both in the field and as a switch hitter) might put him ahead of other minor league invites like Kalish, McDonald, and Casper Wells or the chance that Vitters or Jackson sneak in and win that final spot. On the infield, I have Valbuena, Castro, Barney, and Rizzo, with Murphy and Watkins as the backups. If Olt makes the team, then Watkins might wind up at AAA or be traded. Of course a lot can happen between now and the end of March, so stay tuned…

Its fun to speculate. I am looking very forward to watching Kalish and Coghlan in ST. Both with some serious injuries in the past, but both young enough to recover.
Kalish with the better chance in my opinion.

Cubs Line up looking more like this now……

2B – Bonifacio
SS – Castro
LF – Lake
1B – Rizzo
3B – Olt
RF – Schierholtz
CF – Sweeney
C – Castillo

Anything to get Barney to buck up or get out

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