The Kansas City Royals seemingly found a diamond in the rough last season when they acquired speedy infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays.
While not a star, Bonifacio tore apart the basepaths as a member of the Royals, but the team wasn’t overly impressed with much else apparently as they’re looking for infield relief in free agency with Mark Ellis potentially topping their wish list.
#Royals looking for a 2B and talked to a club official who says they believe Mark Ellis has “something left.” So possible interest there.
The soon to be 37-year-old Ellis lacks defensive range, but is still a solid contributor offensively and provides stability at the position. Of course, you wonder how long Ellis can continue his solid play as he ages and how long the Royals would need to invest in the infielder as other teams like the Miami Marlins have expressed interest.
It’s likely Ellis and Bonifacio would split time at second base if Ellis signed, with Bonifacio being used off the bench more often between the two thanks to his speed. Christian Colon could also get some looks, assuming he makes the MLB roster.