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Utility infielder Emilio Bonafacio is a free agent

The Orioles are one of at least nine teams with interest in utility infielder Emilio Bonfacio, who officially became a free agent Wednesday.

The Mets looked in to acquiring Bonfacio when the Royals had him on waivers, Sandy Alderson said last week.

Bonifacio, 28, hit .285 with a .352 OBP in 42 games after being acquired by Kansas City this past summer. He has not played shortstop since 2011.




73 comments
nthmetsfan
nthmetsfan

He's not a SS, so to me he's a duplicate if EY Jr.  Why would you need both?  Young can play 2B, OF.  And they have Satin to slide over to 3B to spell Wright or even to play some 2B.  So, where would this guy fit in?

John Cross
John Cross

So now sign him on the cheap Mets

drmetfan
drmetfan

He would be a very good pickup condisering the price of the other alternatives.

Stick him at SS and let him play. Trade Davis and move Murphy to 1st base. Play Flores at 2nd base and leave him there.

Lineup:

EYJ-LF

Bonifacio- SS

Wright-3rd

Granderson-RF

Flores-2b

Murphy-1b

D'Arnaud-C

Lagares/CY-CF

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

solid bench player. can play second short third and OF if needed....  try to sign him to a minors deal

n1ck13
n1ck13

I see a lot of Bonafacio is "just as good" or "better" than Tejada at short.  This is most certainly not true, Bonafacio is not a shortstop.  The last time he was used as a shortstop was 2011, he posted a -15.3 UZR/150.  UZR/150 is basically a calculation of runs saved above an average shortstop.  For his career at short, his UZR/150 is -13.1, that's in 754 innings as a shotstop.  Tejada on the other hand has a career UZR/150 of 0.8, not good, but not horrible and that's in 2,038 innings as a shortstop.  I am all for signing a shortstop, but not creating a black hole at the position by playing players out of position to fill a hole.

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson

lol, i'd honestly be happier if we gave the money Drew is asking for, to Bonafacio instead.

goat7
goat7

I'd rather have Bonafacio at short than Tejada any day of the week!

personman
personman

He's a good fit as a backup.  But only as a backup.


He's behind Tejada at SS.  Tejada's a better fielder, and let's not forget that he did hit 290 two straight years.

helloboy
helloboy

@nthmetsfan  Unlike EYJ, Bonafacio can play SS (he has 97 games and over 500 innings in the majors there).  Plus, he is better than EYJ.  

In the end, if the  Mets do not sign  him and try him at short, you can kiss Lagares goodbye and you can go watch him in Vegas.  If anyone listens and reads between the lines Collins is going to end up starting EYJ over Lagares and keep C Young in Center.  This should not surprise anyone as EYJ is the only guy who can handle the lead off roll, though he is below average. 


If for no other reason than he can't be that much worse than Tejada in the field, and he is a better offensive player, it is worth signing him and trying him out there for a while just to keep Lagares with the team and his glove in CF.   


This is more than just SS on the line.  If the Met's do not bring in a leadoff guy, EYJ is playing...period.  It will cost you Lagares.  That is just the way it would be.  

helloboy
helloboy

@drmetfan  I think he can play SS.   People talk like the base explodes if he tries to play there.  He has over 500 innings and 97 games at SS in his career.  I am sure he can handle it.  As long as he can make the routine plays, his offensive addition would make it alright.  He is a better hitter than EY is and has all the same speed. 


I do  believe though if Bonafacio plays, it puts EY on the bench and you get to keep Lagares in CF and CY in Right or left.  I would sign him and play him at SS.  Heck, it is better than putting Turner out there like we did.   I can live with mediocre D at SS in Bonafacio to get his offense and to keep Lagares in CF.  


I have a bad feeling if the team does not try this, you end up with EY leading off in left and Lagares in Vegas. 

zoddie
zoddie

He can't play shortstop. We aren't sure if Flores can play second. Murphy doesn't hit well enough to play first.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@Joey Ferguson  he has been a starter when healthy for the last 4 years, he just got 3.4M, why is he signing a minors deal?  If the Mets sign him, he would get some 500 AB's

metstastic
metstastic

@eric88 He said is was done signing a major free agent.. I don't think Bonafacio counts as major.

Paul Kersey
Paul Kersey

Your anger is understandable but it is misplaced as Wilpons are the real problem

Joshua Shapiro
Joshua Shapiro

@eric88  Why do you come here?  You seem miserable being a Mets "fan."  Perhaps find a new team that won't cause so much anger and negativity for you.

helloboy
helloboy

@n1ck13  His UZR is a short sample for one year.  Plus, these can be misleading.  I am more concerned about fielding %.  His overall WAR numbers have been ok, even with his time at SS.  This is all that really matters to me. 


Also, this is not just about Tejada.  EY ends up starting and Lagares winds up in Vegas if they do not bring in a new lead off guy.  TC has all but said so to reporters yesterday and today.  


You would need to do more math to see if adding him and keeping Lagares saves more runs than keeping Tejada, losing Lagares and starting EY.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@n1ck13  I'm pretty confident that the Mets fans get giddy whenever they hear a name of any notoriety with MLB experience become available considering our roster has been full of AAA players for the last 3 years.

eric88
eric88

@n1ck13  Forget it. They are NOT signing anybody. 

zoddie
zoddie

@goat7  1. He can't play short.  2. He has a worse OBP than Tejada.  3. He is older than Tejada.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@personman  Tejada is not as good as Bonafacio.  Period.  not even close.  Better fielder... sure .970 vs .966 fielding %, not a big difference.  Bonafacio is a better version of EY.

rock316nyj
rock316nyj

@personman but Tejada is not a leadoff hitter, something we need if Lagares is going to be in CF

eric88
eric88

@metstastic @eric88  To the Mets, any major league  contract is major. That is why they sign so many to minor league contracts.

eric88
eric88

@Paul Kersey  Oh it is not misplaced, believe me, I Know those SOB's are the realproblem.

n1ck13
n1ck13

@eric88 @n1ck13  Rather no one than Bonafacio, who the Royals decided to pay 3.5 million dollars not to play for them.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@zoddie @goat7  he is much much  faster than Tejada, and has had OBP as high as .360.  He has played 97 games at short, including some against the Mets.  he has a .966 fielding % at SS which is .004 less than Tejada.  


he can play multiple positions and Tejada can't hold his jock.  Bonafacio is a world better than Tejada.

personman
personman

@rock316nyj @personman  Teams always shoot themselves in the foot by batting some absolute scrub leadoff because he can steal bases.  Who cares?


If a guy can get on base, he's a good leadoff hitter.  If a guy can hit for a decent average, he's a good leadoff hitter.  Stolen bases are crazy overrated, at least for players who can't do anything else.

eric88
eric88

@Joshua Shapiro  IM THE REAL FAN WHO CARES. You bet im angry, how can I not be.

eric88
eric88

@n1ck13 @eric88   In case you missed it they signed two castoff pitchers this week. The reason that we talk about castoffs at all is because they are the only people in the mix for the Mets. Show me where I said they should sign Bonofascio. Lets face it, if the angels released Trout the Mets wouldn't be in the mix. They are signing no one which was my original point here.

n1ck13
n1ck13

@marcbklyn @n1ck13 @eric88  Thank you for pointing that out, as I thought they were on the hook for the whole 3.5.  Either way a team that started Chris Getz most of 2013 at 2b decided to pay Bonafacio not to play for them in 2014.  In my mind, that, combined with the Blue Jays, who also have no 2b cutting him, shows Bonafacio's true value.

n1ck13
n1ck13

@eric88 @n1ck13  So what's your argument???? Just because the mets have a larger revenue they should sign every castoff from every team, even if the player stinks at baseball.  If this conversation was about Stephen Drew, that's different.  It's about Emilio Bonafacio though, I wouldn't sign him for a bench player, he is EYJ and we already have him

eric88
eric88

@n1ck13 @eric88   The KC ROYALS have a larger payroll if you can believe it. They don't even genrate HALF of the revenue the Mets do.

helloboy
helloboy

@zoddie  You realize that keeping the team as is and not bringing him in will result in EY starting and Lagares in Vegas, right?  


More is on the line than just him vs Tejada.  


Collins will want to run EY out to lead him off at the expense of Lagares defense.  He said so as much today and yesterday.  They have been saying for weeks the OF will be determinned more for offensive needs. 


this means your offense now is:

LF) EY

2b) Murphy

3b) Wright

rf) Granderson

CF) C Young

1B) Davis/Satin

C) D'Arnaud

SS) Tejada


EY is not as good overall as Bonafacio is.  The OF defense is not as good either.  I think Lagares would save more runs than Bonafacio would cost. Plus Granderson should be in left.  now neither corner can throw at all.


I would rather have:

SS) Bonafacio

2b) Murphy

3b) Wright

LF) Granderson

RF) C Young

1B) Davis/Satin

C) D'Arnaud

CF) Lagares


Which is better offensively and is going to save more runs as you have 2 OF who can throw and all can cover ground. 


zoddie
zoddie

Tejada has had an OBP "as high" as .360 as well. Doesn't change the fact that Tejada has a slightly higher career OBP. And is younger. And can play a good shortstop.

zoddie
zoddie

Peralta looks fat, too. So? And that's why tejada went twice to the strength program.

And, no, it has been one year. He was good in 2011. He was good in 2012. He was bad in 2013. I didn't do great in calculus, but I think that adds up to one year.

eric88
eric88

@zoddie  Tejada has no physical tools and he looks fat. By the way, its 2 years. Comparing Tejada to anyone is silly. Tejada is a AA player. No arm, no range, no power, no speed, non-clutch and unathletic.

zoddie
zoddie

So you want a player worse than Tejada?

And Tejada has sucked for a grand total of one year.

Gland1
Gland1

@zoddie @rock316nyj @personman  you're wasting your breath.  The people clamoring for Bonifacio have no idea he's not a good baseball player.  They just recognize his name and know he runs fast.