Utility player Emilio Bonifacio has elite speed and plays most positions on the field. He is an ideal role player, coming off the bench most days and serving as a spot starter on others. Some Major League team will be interested in adding him to their roster.
They just weren’t so interested that they were willing to trade for him.
Having designated Bonifacio for assignment on February 1st, the Kansas City Royals were forced to place him on unconditional release waivers on Monday. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish has the report:
#Royals have placed Emilio Bonifacio on unconditional release waivers. He will have 48 hours to be claimed.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) February 10, 2014
A National League team with a spot on their bench ought to jump at the chance to add Bonifacio. Double switches were created for guys like him.
According to Baseball Prospectus’s PECOTA projection system, Bonifacio is projected to be good for 3.0 baserunning runs (BRR) in 2014 with 26 stolen bases. Those projections are, by their nature, conservative, which means Bonifacio can comfortably be penciled in for 30-35 steals with enough at-bats.
Between that and his defensive versatility, Bonifacio should have a team soon. The Baltimore Orioles were rumored to be among the teams rumored to be interested in his services.