Major League teams looking to add some speed to their bench might have a new option available to pursue.
Via a team news release, the Kansas City Royals have designated utility player Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.
(Cont.) To clear room on the 40-man roster for Chen, INF Emilio Bonifacio has been designated for assignment.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) February 1, 2014
Bonifacio split his time between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Royals in 2013. Overall he batted .243/.295/.331 on the year.
He is arguably out of place in the American League. Bonifacio has elite speed on the bases, as evidenced by the fact that he stole 28 bases in 2013. That followed seasons in which he stole 40 and 30 bags, respectively. National League managers
are forced have the opportunity to be more creative with a player like Bonifacio as a useful player off the bench.
Injuries forced Bonifacio into everyday work in Toronto near the beginning of 2013, something that did not work out well. He can handle spot duty but is best suited to come off the bench and start a couple games a week. He would be a nice get as a utility player for many teams, especially those in the NL.