Less than two seasons ago, Emilio Bonifacio looked like he was morphing into stardom.
As a member of the Florida Marlins in 2011, Bonifacio hit a very solid .296, clubbing five home runs with 36 RBI, all while swiping 40 bases. He started out 2012 the same, though, a quick slump followed by an injury marred his season.
Months later, Bonifacio was part of a large trade that sent Jose Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Santo Domingo native wasn’t able to recapture the magic of his 2011 season north of the border as he’s struggled to a .218 average with only 12 stolen bases in sporadic playing time.
Relatively unneeded in Toronto, Bonifactio was traded to the Kansas City Royals today for the ever infamous PTBNL (player to be named later).
Hopeful that his speed and versatility (can play infield or outfield) will assist them down the stretch, the Royals pulled the trigger given the relatively cheap price tag.
To create roster space, Kansas City transferred Miguel Tejada to the 60-day disabled list which allowed them to move Bonifacio onto the 40-man roster.