Emilio Bonifacio

Royals DFA Emilio Bonifacio; Is he a fit for the Mets?

The Royals have designated Emilio Bonifacio for assignment, the team announced on Saturday.

They have 10 days to trade or release him.

Bonifacio, 28, hit .243 with a .295 OBP, 22 doubles, three triples and 28 stolen bases with the Royals and Blue Jays in 2013. He hit .285 with a .352 OBP in 42 games after being acquired by Kansas City.

Bonifacio agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration last month, and he can be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

If the Mets are not going to sign a primary shortstop, Bonifacio could help provide depth. However, the Mets would probably have to swing a trade with Kansas City to acquire him.

Bonifacio is capable of playing second, short, third and the outfield, although he isn’t a particular good defensive player. He’s a switch hitter with speed, who handles lefties pretty well, and he’s a consistent base stealing threat that could serve the top of this lineup nicely. I’m not sure he’s an everyday player right now, but the same could certainly be said about Ruben Tejada. With the exception of Eric Young Jr., the Mets roster lacks the kind of speed Bonifacio possesses, and his game could play well with the large gaps at Citi Field if used in the right situations.




141 comments
Jeff Kosnett
Jeff Kosnett

I'd rather have Bonifacio than Quintanilla on the bench. But Ruben's done enough in the off season to deserve a shot at the regular job.

foley
foley

Anyone think its actually pretty sad that Bonifacio just got DFA'd and he is much better than Tejada?

cedes
cedes

I'd probably swing Ike or Duda for Emilio... Seems like a trade the Royals might consider as well

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

He's ok, .295 obp last year is terrible, could be a useful bench player, def not a starter

eric88
eric88

Why oh why is this team not putting Flores at 1B everyday. He is a young top prospect who can flat out rake. Natual corner infielder who can become our DW at 1B for a decade. They are jerking this kid around all over the field and they WILL ruin him. Your gonna start Duda or Satin over him! Waive Ike, Duda to Minors, Satin on bench. Use the money saved to sign Drew and lets get going.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Why add yet another bench guy? And what is with this "need for speed". Look, the Cardinals made it the world series last year and they had no notable "speed guys" on their roster. You don't need speed, you need guys who can hit the ball. Constantly re-hacking replacement and below replacement level players will not help you build a contending team.

howard_stn
howard_stn

Since Bonafcaio wants to get paid,it's probably a bad fit for the Mets.   It may work if he will accept a minor league contract.

Kyle Munroe
Kyle Munroe

If we can get him move murph to first and Flores to 2nd and bono at SS not the best infield defense lol but it's probably the best offensive configuration

chasesimms
chasesimms

How is everyone liking this new "enhanced" comment format? 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I think I'd be okay with it, but certainly give up no more than a fringe prospect in trade. In his last 10 games with KC he went 9/42 with 3 BB, 10 K and 1 extra base hit, a double. Not exactly a rousing end to his 2013 season. Serious question marks.

Bobby Owens
Bobby Owens

I think that adding Bonafacio makes sense. If we can pull off a trade without giving much up, I'd be all for it. Think about it this way, even IF Tejada is a better defender (which I'm not convinced of) Bonafacio becomes the leadoff hitter, which keeps Lagares in the lineup over EY and strengthens our defense in the outfield. I think it's worth the risk, besides you could always platoon him with Tejada or use him as a backup. I think this is a low risk-high reward situation ASSUMING the Mets don't trade anything substantial for him. 

Tom Bodamer
Tom Bodamer

I thought of this immediately he's basically Valdsepin without the attitude.

nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

The problem is that he is not a good shortstop, and certainly not someone you would want out there often.  If, and that's a big IF, Tejada can play like he did in 2012 , when he made the plays and was dependable, they would be much better off with him at SS.  Gotta have solid defense with young pitching.

getalife
getalife

essentially Luis Castillo who can play SS, 3B and OF. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

I'm penning the word to a new song....


How Deep is the Dumpster, How Low Can We Go....

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

How is possible to have 641 at bats in a season and only have 36rbi's. The move makes no sense to me since EYJ is on the team.

Olerud42
Olerud42

I wouldn't trade anything of value for him...

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Lets assume Duda and Davis aren't both on the team if a trade goes down. Bonifacio backs up middle infield (although he would get a good amount of ABs leading off and playing SS), EY is the fourth outfielder, Satin backs up corner infield and is the righty off the bench, den Dekker is the fifth outfielder and lefty off the bench, and then one of Recker, Teagarden and Centeno is the backup catcher. Why the Mets can't see the value in this is beyond me. This also gives plenty of late-game flexibility with double switches and whatnot.

Nate Shoemaker
Nate Shoemaker

He is a huge injury risk. Guy gets hurt all the time. That said got to love a guy who has his speed and versatility. He was great on my fantasy team (2 or 3 years ago).

drmetfan
drmetfan

Bonifacio could be a good addition here. We have pieces in place to make a trade here for him. He had a very good season in the DWL playing for the champions Licey Tigers.

tommets
tommets

Duda for Bonifacio. Bonifacio is a perfect fit for middle infield depth. Hey, maybe we get really lucky and he puts up numbers like his 2011 season (.296/.360/.393 with 40 SB) and becomes the starting SS for this season if we don't sign Drew. Plus Duda can play 1st and DH with a spot start in LF for KC. Plus it opens up more of an opportunity to let Flores compete for 1st. He needs to be in this lineup at some point in the season.

Tom King
Tom King

Another bum, just what we need. We have a whole lineup of guys batting .238

mike23
mike23

Rather see the mets not cheap out and go get Stephen Drew (if he's healthy and ready to go)... this just seems like another low cost option for the mets to seem like they are doing things but in reality are just masking it. His OBP would seem to be a concern but if the mets want to add him as a bench guy but still go get a legit starting short stop I would have no problem with it. 

supert
supert

No he's not a fit, the Mets need a leadoff hitter and Bonifacio had an obp (.295) worse than EY JR's last year, and he costs more.


There is a perfect fit still available in Stephen Drew who fills a position of need (SS), and would make a pretty good leadoff hitter (.377 obp) against RHP.

nolrog
nolrog

>>> Bonifacio is capable of playing second, short, third and the outfield, although he isn’t a particular good defense player.


By that logic, then Lucas Duda is capable of playing Left Field, Right Field and First Base.

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

With bonifacio it helps with keeping quintanilla off the roster

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

We should swing a trade for him and then sign Vernon wells and invite to spring training

lindro88
lindro88

If Tejada plays like he did prior to last year, he's a much better SS than Bonaficio. I'm not a Tejada fan, but he's only 24 and he came into camp in terrible shape last yr. he took his career for granted. Hopefully the misery he went through last season, is enough motivation to at least have him show up in shape. His inability to get to balls quickly, caused a bunch of rushed throws. His defense may not be good glove quality, but up until last season, he was an adequate defensive player.

lindro88
lindro88

Ike for Emilio? Lol. This guy gets dfa'd twice a year. Make a trade like that and if Ike does find his swing, it would be one of the worst in franchise history. We have no need for EB. He used to be a pain in the ass against us, but so was Luis Castillo.

airfeet
airfeet

@eric88 can flat out rake?  Let's get serious here.  He's no D Wright that's a joke. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Kyle Munroe  lol. That would probably be the worst defensive infield in the history of baseball! The pitchers would revolt! 

Bobby Bauer
Bobby Bauer

Luis was certainly finished by the time he got to Flushing, but don't forget, that's a guy who played in all star games, earned a few MVP votes, and won two rings. Emilio Bonafacio has peaked at marginal, and when comparing both players in their prime, Bonafacio isn't even really fit to bring Castillo sunflower seeds in the dugout, let alone be considered equal.

airfeet
airfeet

@Carl Rock why would you even look at RBIs when he's a leadoff hitter...some of you posters have no idea what you're talking about

eric88
eric88

@Carl Rock  Tejada-No range, no arm, no glove, no power,no speed .210 BA and 10 RBI in 210 AB's, YIKES. Bonofacio would have to start over Tejada. He's a superior player which doesn't say much about ZERO TOOL Tejada.

eric88
eric88

@Carl Rock   Its easy. Tejada had 10 RBI in 210 AB. That equates to 33 and NO stolen Bases!! He would start over Tejada who is not a great glove. By the way, he has more range and a better arm than Tejada. Tejada is a zero tool player.

jlga
jlga

Check out the 1971 Padres. Enzo Hernandez. 541 at bats....12 RBIs.

Kyle Munroe
Kyle Munroe

Or put murph at 1st and Flores is the everyday 2nd basemen

foley
foley

@Tarheel11 @Kyle Munroe  


There is no way it could be the worst ever.  Seriously, no way.  I mean.... well I can't think of any worse offhand, but........c'mon 120 or so years of history, all those teams... there has to be one worse doesn't there?


Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@eric88 @Carl RockYou are wrong, and using his most recent bad year is in no way fair to him. Tejada plays above a tick above average defense, has about the same arm, and while he lacks power and speed, he is definitely not going to hit .210 again, and his career minor league and MLB track records suggests Tejada is more of a .280 hitter. I would say Tejada is definitely a bench player, but you give him no credit, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

@eric88 @Carl Rock you don't have to convince me Tejada blows
 and Q as well.

Elaine Varian
Elaine Varian

@eric88 @Carl Rock What are you smoking??? Tejada has a great glove and a decent arm. He was lazy as hell last yr. that's what got him in the dog house. Can Tejada be an everyday player?? Maybe. But much better then Bono anyday.

Carl Rock
Carl Rock

@jlga LOL thanks for the info.
 But Enzo couldn't hit at all. Bono hit close to .300 that year

foley
foley

@Dana Smith @eric88 @Carl Rock  


I kind of agree with him not hitting 210 again.  I mean, the odds are definitely with you.  211 or 209 though maybe.  :) But anyway.. what difference does batting average make anyway?  It would be pretty cool if the team with the highest batting average got handed the World Series, but its runs produced taking into account position in lineup and the percentage of your teams overall runs that player produces that matter.  He has a history of no run production, no speed, nothing but being a singles hitter, and being in his best years  average defensively.  This isn't about Tejada, its what the alternatives are.  Bonifacio gives you speed and some lineup flexibility while sacrificing some defense.  Bonifacio is a negative value at 3.5 mil though - IMHO he is not an option unless KC picks up a significant amount of salary and asks for nothing in return.


Here's something I was thinking about though.  Lets say you could replace Tejada with a wiz defensive player who could not hit at all - at no payroll cost.  Would you do it?  Not Drew, not a name, blah blah.  Just an all field no hit cheap player.  Pretty clear at this point I'd do it in a sec.  Your offensive production would go down only marginally while defense would go up dramatically.


Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Carl Rock @eric88 He's easily better than 2013 Tejada. The problem is, he isn't better than 2011 or 2012 Tejada. Which is the true Tejada?