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64 Emilio Bonifacio SS
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 4/23/1985 | Birthplace: Santo Domingo, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $2,600,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/61 | Average Draft Position: 226.34
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MLB hit leader Emilio Bonifacio gets day off Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

The major-league leader in hits and stolen bases, Bonifaco has yet to get a day off while hitting .435/.480/.500 with nine runs scored and seven stolen bases in 46 at-bats. He's just 1 for 8 over his last two games, however. A Swiss Army knife defensively, Bonifacio already has six appearances at second base, six in center field, two at third base and one at shortstop for the Cubs.


Emilio Bonifacio still scorching for Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Those anticipating a slide from Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio are still waiting. What is perceived as an inevitable slump has still not happened.

Bonifacio has eight hits in his last 19 at-bats, which actually lowered his average to a National League-leading .500. It's no wonder he has been placed in the leadoff spot, where he has thrived. Bonifacio has scored eight runs in the last seven games and is tied for the major league lead with five stolen bases.

The 28-year-old Bonifacio has batted over .261 just once in a seven-year career in which he has served mostly as a reserve.


Emilio Bonifacio stays hot with five hits Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Cubs infielder Emilio Bonifacio followed up a 4-for-5 season debut by going 5 for 7 with one walk, one run and two steals while batting leadoff in his team's 4-3, 16-inning loss to the Pirates Wednesday.

Bonifacio has been scorching hot over his first two games, and as a result, he could go hitless in his next 18 at-bats and still own a .300 average. He's making a strong case for receiving regular playing time moving forward.


Emilio Bonifacio tabbed as Cubs leadoff hitter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) The Cubs will go with Emilio Bonifacio as their leadoff hitter Monday.

Bonifacio will get the start out in center field, which allows both Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney to get into the lineup. Bonifacio joined the club in February, and is expected to play a big role with the team this year.


Cubs manager could play matchups at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Darwin Barney remains the team's starting second baseman, but his playing time might be reduced as Renteria looks for favorable matchups at times. Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio are both options to see playing time at second base.

"I think as we go into the season, we have certain guys who we’re going to put into a particular position and the second day you might see a different lineup," Renteria said, per The Chicago Tribune. "The reality is the matchups we have and are looking at throughout the course of the season will determine how we use all our guys.

"I’m fortunate enough to have the flexibility with guys and matchups and different scenarios that could occur during the course of a season. I have the ability to do that with them. I want to put them in the best position to have success."


Darwin Barney set to start season at second base


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria compared Emilio Bonifacio's role as an utility man to Chone Figgins. He also declared Darwin Barney as the opening day starter at second base.

Barney posted a .208/.266/.303 slash line with seven homers and 41 RBI in 141 at-bats in 2013.

Cubs signing of Emilio Bonifacio could doom Darwin Barney


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) The Cubs have signed free agent second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, who had cleared waivers this week after his release from Kansas City. His signing to a minor league contract endangers the starting position of 2013 disappointment Darwin Barney.

Bonifacio has also regressed since a fine season in 2011. He bottomed out last year, batting just .243 with 31 RBI and a whopping 103 strikeouts in 420 at-bats. He did rack up 28 stolen bases.


Emilio Bonifacio reaches free agent status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio has cleared waivers and is a free agent, per SB Network. Bonifacio, who reportedly will not accept a minor league contract, was recently released by the Royals.

The 28-year-old has deteriorated at the plate and on the bases since peaking at .296 with 40 stolen bases with Miami in 2011. He bottomed out in 2013 by batting .243 with a career-low .295 on-base percentage.


Agent: 'No chance' Emilio Bonifacio signs minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Paul Kinzer, the agent for Emilio Bonifacio, told MLBDailyDish.com there's "no chance" his client will sign a minor-league deal. Bonifacio was placed on release waivers by the Royals Monday.

If unclaimed, Bonifacio would become a free agent. While he's drawn interest, any team who claims Bonifacio would have to pay his $3.5 million salary for 2014.


Emilio Bonifacio drawing some interest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Former Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio is drawing some interest on waivers, according to FoxSports.com.

Bonifacio was released by the club, but can still be claimed on waivers until Wednesday at 2 PM. If unclaimed, Bonifacio would become a free-agent. While he's drawn plenty of interest from teams, Bonifacio would cost $3.5 million if claimed on waivers. 

Bonifacio hit .243/.295/.331 in 420 at-bats last year.


Royals request release waivers for Emilio Bonifacio


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) The Royals have requested release waivers for infielder Emilio Bonifacio, who was designated for assignment 10 days ago, a source told MLBDailyDish.com. Teams will now have 48 hours to claim Bonifacio, but will have to take on his $3.5 million salary if claimed.

If Bonifacio clears waivers, however, he will become a free agent and be able to sign with any team. Bonifacio drew strong trade interest, but sources indicated the Royals had a high asking price.


Orioles showing interest in Emilio Bonifacio


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Orioles have shown interest in infielder Emilio Bonifacio , according to the Baltimore Sun.

Bonifacio was recently designated for assignment by the Royals to make room for Bruce Chen. Bonifacio will likely draw some trade interest, and the O's may need to pick up most of his $3.5 million salary if they want to bring him in. Bonifacio hit .243/.295/.331 in 420 at-bats last year.


Emilio Bonifacio designated for assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/1/2014) The Royals have designated infielder Emilio Bonifacio for assignment on Saturday, according to The Kansas City Star. Bonifacio hit .243/.295/.331 in 420 at-bats last season and avoided arbitration with the Royals earlier in the month.

Royals agree with Emilio Bonifacio, avoiding arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Royals have avoided arbitration with infielder Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio is set to receive $3.5 million next season. He's coming off a year in which he hit .243/.295/.331 in 420 at-bats.


Emilio Bonifacio drawing trade interest


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio has drawn "steady interest" from other teams as a trade target, the Kansas City Star reports.

Bonifacio, who is eligible for arbitration this offseason, hit .243/.295/.331 with three home runs, 31 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 420 at-bats between the Blue Jays and Royals last season, performing far better at the plate in his time with the Royals.


Emilio Bonifacio triples among three hits


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio recorded three hits on Wednesday afternoon during a win at Cleveland. Bonifacio scored twice in the 6-2 game.

The middle infielder went 3 for 5 with a triple in the contest and is now batting .242 on the year for Kansas City.

The 28-year-old has stolen 25 bases this season and just knocked his third triple. He has 21 doubles to go with 49 runs scored over 364 at-bats.

Emilio Bonifacio swipes two bags


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio had a nice game Sunday in Toronto. Bonifacio stole two bases and has 23 on the year. 

Bonifacio finished Sunday's game going 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored. He doubled and drove in his 25th run of the year. Bonifacio is batting .233 on the year. 

The 28-year-old has run wild since coming over to the Royals. Plus, he's hit in eight of his last nine games with two doubles and a triple over that stretch. 


Emilio Bonifacio records three base hits


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio recorded three hits Monday afternoon during a one-game series against the Rays. Bonifacio helped Kansas City take down Tampa Bay as he went 3 for 5.

Bonifacio stole his 20th base of the season in the game. He scored a run and singled three times. He's batting .228 for Kansas City.

The 28-year-old who came over from Toronto mid-season has hit in his last three games for the Royals. He's gone 5 for 11 with three runs scored over that stretch. Bonifacio also has four stolen bases in his last five games.

Emilio Bonifacio gets the nod at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) Royals infielder Emilio Bonifacio will start at third Thursday against the Tigers. 

Bonifacio will sub in for Mike Moustakas, who is expected to be out until the weekend. Bonifacio is hitting .218/.258/.321 in 262 at-bats. 


Can Royals redeem Emilio Bonifacio?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2013) The Royals have a need at second base -- have all season, really -- so their acquisition of Emilio Bonifacio is presumably a step to fill that need. That can only be good news for his Fantasy owners, right?

Not necessarily. Playing time hasn't been the issue for Bonifacio this season. He was the Blue Jays' primary second baseman for the first three months and had become their primary left fielder in the two weeks since Melky Cabrera went down with a torn meniscus in his knee.

The issue for Bonifacio has been his .218 batting average -- and, worse yet, the fact he isn't running anymore, becoming the timid base-stealer he was before interim manager Jack McKeon instilled him with confidence in 2011. He was on an 80-steal pace before hurting his thumb last season. What happened to him?

He's only 28, so something tells me he's still capable of running like that, and with a lack of scoring the biggest concern for the Royals, I have a feeling they'll encourage him to run like that. Doesn't mean I'm predicting a big turnaround for Bonifacio, but I at least see the potential for improvement and would consider taking a flier on him in a Rotisserie league.


Royals acquire Emilio Bonifacio from Blue Jays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) The Royals announced Wednesday they acquired infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. Bonifacio hit .218 with three home runs, 20 RBI, 33 runs and 12 stolen bases in 94 games for Toronto.

Emilio Bonifacio most likely Blue Jay to be dealt


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2013) If the Blue Jays trade anyone before the trade deadline, it could be second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, according to FoxSports.com.

Overall, the team has been quiet, but Bonifacio remains the most expendable part. In 229 at-bats, Bonifacio is hitting .214/.254/.314.


Emilio Bonifacio steals base Sunday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2013) Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio had a nice game Sunday in a 13-5 rout of the Orioles. Bonifacio picked up two hits and a stolen base. 

Bonifacio went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the third inning to score Maicer Izturis. He stole his 10th base as well in the game. He scored twice and is batting .207. 

The 28-year-old had gone just 1 for 17 in his previous seven appearances for the Blue Jays. 


Emilio Bonifacio useless until he starts hitting grounders again


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2013) Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio has been a major disappointment in 2013, with a .209 average and just eight steals in 177 at-bats. The 28-year-old hasn't shown any signs of improvement this month, with a .176 average and three steals. 

What's ailing Bonifacio? It's hard to tell. But the main culprit may be his career-high fly ball (31.7 percent) rate -- 6 percent over his career average. With more fly balls come fewer grounders, and a weak hitter like Bonifacio needs the grounders so he can beat them out and get on base. Getting on base leads to more steals (he stole 30 in 274 at-bats last year), which could help get Bonifacio's value back up. 

Until he starts getting the ball back on the ground, Bonifacio will likely continue to disappoint, as one cannot beat out fly balls with speed. He's probably safe to drop in most mixed league formats, but keep an eye on Bonifacio's fly ball rates going forward. When the averages start to normalize, he may be a decent mid-season sleeper. 


Emilio Bonifacio coming off bench again


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) As soon as Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio played his way into regular at-bats, he seems to be moving back to a bench role, having started once in Toronto's last four games. Bonfiacio had started 16 of 18 games from May 11-31.

Bonifacio hit .281 (18 for 64) with two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in that 18-game stretch. He's batting .200 (1 for 5) through three June appearances.