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Bonifacio added to the list of available infielders

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 01, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

BonifacioEarlier today, the Royals needed to open a spot on their 40-man roster, and so they designated for assignment Emilio Bonifacio. My first thought apparently was also Mike Axisa’s first thought: I wonder if the Yankees might take a look at him.

Here’s the good stuff: Bonifacio turns 29 in April. He’s played nearly every position on the diamond, and has primarily handled second and third (with what looks like basically league-average defense in recent years). He’s a switch hitter. He’s stolen at least 28 bases each of the past three seasons. He’s floating out there, available on a one-year deal, without requiring draft pick compensation or prospect sacrifice to acquire.

Here’s the bad stuff: Aside from his 2011 season, Bonifacio’s never been a particularly good hitter. He’s fine as a utility type, but he hasn’t been a standout everyday guy. Although this wasn’t always the case, Bonifacio’s hit righties quite a bit better than lefties the past two years (and the Yankees primarily need a guy who hits lefties). He’s owed $3.5 million this year, so he’s not cheap.

So is it worth a waiver claim? I’d say yes, mostly because I assume — but I’m not positive — his contract would remain non-guaranteed after being claimed, meaning Bonifacio could be released in spring training at a fraction of the cost if the Yankees don’t have a spot for him. The speed and flexibility would be nice off the bench, especially if the Yankees manage to trade Ichiro Suzuki and decide not to carry Eduardo Nunez (who would be their best pinch running options). That being said, I don’t think it’s remotely a slam dunk that Bonifacio is a better option than Nunez or Scott Sizemore or Russ Canzler or whoever else is a part of this bench competition. He’s versatile, and he’s fast, and he’s young, and those are all good things. But there’s a reason he’s been traded three times and basically cast away twice. He’s a reserve, utility type, and the Yankees already have a handful of those coming to camp at far less than $3.5 million.





70 Responses to “Bonifacio added to the list of available infielders”

  1. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Warm this weekend, at last! You smoking?

    I’d like a real 3rd baseman.

  2. bbb51 February 1st, 2014 at 4:19 pm


  3. mick February 1st, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Why are we still in pre-189 mode?

  4. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Quiet in here. At least Mrs. Tom’s Villanova seems to be handling Temple. The Philly Big Five is the equal of the Boston Bean pot in hockey, the whole town is involved. Poor St. Joes.

  5. MTU February 1st, 2014 at 5:03 pm


    Don’t know the answer to that one.

    I would figure they have at least 10/15 mil headroom left.

    Maybe they just haven’t found what they’re looking for ?

  6. pete2 February 1st, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Just looking at some money coming off the books next year.

    Soriano 5 million
    Kuroda 16 million
    ‘Jeter 12 million
    Suzuki 6.5 million
    Gardner 5.6 million
    Roberts 5.2 million
    Johnson 4 million
    Roberts 2 million

    Total 59.3 million

    Coming back on

    Arod 27.5 million + 6 million bonus

    Total 33.5 million

    Money to play with without increasing payroll 15.8 million

    Positions to fill

    DH, Closer, SP, LF, 2B, SS

    Obviously, you hope Gardner, Jeter, Kuroda and Robertson comeback on team friendly contracts if they have good years in 2014, or some of the prospects have breakout years, but still it looks like the Yankees will have to have a pretty heft increase in payroll in 2015 to compete.

    The fact that the next significant free agent signing (say a Drew or Morales) would cost only a 2nd round pick instead of a 1st round pick suggests the time to fill a couple of next years holes is now. Nothing much left though except Drew, or maybe Morales for DH and backup 1Bman(which would require trading Gardner and moving Soriano to LF) .

  7. blake February 1st, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    tomingeorgia says:
    February 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    Warm this weekend, at last! You smoking?

    Of course….doing a butt and some chicken wings tomorrow for the game. You?

  8. blake February 1st, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I would like a real 3b as well

  9. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Just a rack of St. Louis ribs and some chicken wings, too, but, man, it was nice to see 60 today, maybe 70 tomorrow. I’ve got chilblains and gas meter horrors. This house is NOT Energy Star rated.

  10. blake February 1st, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    It got up in the 60s here today too and man it felt like 85 when you’re used to 0.

    I think St Louis ribs are about my favorite thing to cook these days…..I made some 2 days ago or I probably would be tomorrow too. Trying to decide if I want to smoke these wings or fry them …..

  11. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I’ll fry mine, Buffalo style. Made some slaw today, cornbread tomorrow. Have some of Mrs. Tom’s mac and cheese ready to go. Wings are tough to time in a smoker. Denver by 3 in balmy NJ.

  12. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 6:15 pm


  13. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hi, Tom, I trust you made it through – Vickie Lawrence’s, ” that’s the night that the lights went out in, Georgia.” They want to start handing tickets up here because you idle your car. If they nab me, they might as well shut down every friggin’ drive through.

  14. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Vicky Lawrence

  15. exiledintampa February 1st, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Duke at Cuse in the dome. Something to watch.

  16. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    The only thing that didn’t happen was the lights going out. Spent most of the day talking with 25 year veteran estate sale people. who said they’d never done anything like this place, but they do have nation-wide reach and reputation with dealers. They figure that it would take two four day sales to get all the good stuff and crap out of here. 30% commission, which winds up less than the auctioneers I’ve talked to, and they do all the work

  17. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Tom, best to you, don’t let them rip you off!

  18. blake February 1st, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Tom I’m sure I’ll end up fryin mine too…..

  19. blake February 1st, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I hope Peyton plays great and wins and just drops the mic and retires….would be perfect

  20. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    A 30% commission is less than it would cost to move and store this stuff, which we don’t need. Wife wants to give some of it to her (mostly) ungrateful kids, whom she educated on her own. I just want to be out from under this load of stuff. Anybody want 24 complete pace settings of Wedgwood Strawberry Hill china?

  21. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Tom, get the best u can for that Wedgewood stuff!

  22. j9d February 1st, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Not feeling the Bonofacia acquisition unless they think
    he can back up all infield bases defensively, including first base.

  23. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    U can go your own way, great stuff!

  24. Chip February 1st, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    No way Bonifacio gets to the Yankees via waivers, they’ll have to trade for him. How about this:

    Yankees get: Bonifacio, Danny Valencia and Wade Davis
    Royals get: Romine, Nunez and a mid level prospect

    The Royals have a player logjam and won’t be able to keep Valencia after spring training (he has no options) and he rakes against LHP. Davis makes a ton of money for the Royals so they’re almost compelled to start him, but he’s not going to be one of their 5 best options. For the Yankees he could be a decent relief option like he was with Tampa Bay.

    The Royals have a lot of players competing for 25 man spots who don’t have options, this trade would give them guys they can send to AAA or use on the field depending on their needs. Essentially it’s a salary dump for the Royals though.

  25. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    There was a time when all my worldly goods would fit in a 1963 VW beetle. Haven’t felt as free ever since.

  26. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Tom, climb into a ’91 Prelude sans air bags. I can never afford to go under a truck!

  27. jmills February 1st, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    When I need to relax, the ’91 Prelude is definitely an option.

  28. pete2 February 1st, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I saw Bonifacio play some truly horrendous games one series a couple of years ago. Errors and outs in key situations. The announcer kept calling him BonaFIASCO. Slip of the tongue. If he gets more than 100 PA then the 2014 will have been a FIASCO.

  29. pat February 1st, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    YES may find out quickly the decision to replace Francesa was a bad one, He’s got a loyal following.

  30. Tar February 1st, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    OMG what a game. I can’t stand Duke, but what a job Coach K has done in this game.

  31. Hankflorida February 1st, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    It is hard for me to let go of Patterson’s blog that he rated Cano third behind Gordon and Lazzeri as the best Yankee second basemens. I did not see Lazzeri play so I have to go strictly by the numbers knowing that different eras bring on different circumstances like not having to play night baseball, travelling short distances to play, baseball limited to ony Caucasian players, and pitchers going the distance without the speciality of relief pitching; taking all this into account, Cano still has better numbers then “Push em up Tony.” I gave you my eye witness account in my previous posts of why I though Cano was better then Gordon so I do not want to repeat myself. When Joe Gordon was traded to Cleveland for Allie Reynolds and Cano left the Yankees, I was not a happy camper, but it worked out well then for the Yankees and hope that with all the signings, it works out just as well for the future.

  32. pete2 February 1st, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    HankFlorida. I agree we tend to overestimate players who played in the pre-integration era.

    Gordons best year was during WWII years when the talent pool was even more diluted and remained diluted until the 1950′s when integration helped balance out the wartime losses.

    How many stars did we never see due to being KIA, wounded or just never played ball again after being discharged.

    Anyways, Cano has my vote for being the best Yankee 2Bman ever. Still a good article, just disagree with the rankings

  33. RhapsodyInBlue February 1st, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Good game by Duke.

  34. RhapsodyInBlue February 1st, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Tom, Can’t mention some of the things I was able to do in a TR4.

  35. tomingeorgia February 1st, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    RIB and all,
    Good night, and I would love a fresh brookie for breakfast.

  36. Tar February 1st, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Duke got robbed on some calls late, but thats ok…. because they are still up like 15,876 to 12 in the bad call category.

  37. Chip February 1st, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Pat –

    Francesa has crushed everyone who has been put up against him. I have no doubt that if/when he’s on TV somewhere else he’ll still destroy Kay.

  38. MTU February 1st, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    LoHud is suffering form a case of “dead thread”.

    Get us some more News to feed on Hal.


  39. MTU February 1st, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    sp: from

  40. Chip February 1st, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Trade that makes too much sense not to happen:

    Yankees get: Aramis Ramirez
    Brewers get: minor leaguer

    The Brewers are going nowhere and know it. Ramirez is an impending free agent making a big chunk of change. He’s old and has lost a step but can still crush the ball. The downside is that, in terms of reliability, 3b is likely the most durable of all the INF players.

  41. pkyankfan69 February 1st, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Trade that makes too much sense not to happen:

    Yankees get: Aramis Ramirez
    Brewers get: minor leaguer

    The Brewers are going nowhere and know it. Ramirez is an impending free agent making a big chunk of change. He’s old and has lost a step but can still crush the ball. The downside is that, in terms of reliability, 3b is likely the most durable of all the INF players.
    So much this

  42. Hankflorida February 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Pete, not to degrade Gordon, he did serve in the army and played against the best of those in his era and could really hit the long ball. During Gordon’s time he was overshadowed by two exraordinary second basemens like Charley Gehringer and Jackie Robinson. I agree with you as Paterson’s article was a well written but with the wrong conclusion. I would rate the top five Yankee second basemen with Cano, Gordon, Lazzari, Randolph and Richardson. If you want to rate the best utility player that the Yankees had who could play 2nd, short and third, my vote would go to Gil McDougald. Why he is rated in the article ahead of Richardson who spent his whole career at second is hard to understand.

  43. Pat M. February 1st, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Hey guys, let’s keep in mind that Gil McDougal was an All -Star at Three different infield positions . Three !!!! Duse was a special ballplayer. Clete Boyer ( who played third as good as anyone I’ve ever seen ) was better shortstop than he was at third according to many of the older guys . Hankinflorida, what’s your take on this ????

  44. blake February 1st, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Aramis is interesting but I’m not sure they are selling now…..their rotation isn’t bad and if Braun comes back strong they could grab a WC potentially. I would guess they see how things go and make a decision on him in July

  45. Pat M. February 1st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Playing a hunch tonight taking Cal Berkley Bears at home getting 5 from Arizona. Wonder if Nicky boy is at Haas Pavilion tonight. Also taking The Seahawks and the 2.5 points tomorrow, besides I’ve thought all season that they were the best team this season and maybe even last season for that much……

  46. JobaTipsHisCap February 1st, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    go Peyton! go Broncos!

  47. JobaTipsHisCap February 1st, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Francesa’s take on NFL has been pretty good.
    Overall he’s way better that Boomer who sucks.

  48. MTU February 1st, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Time for the night crew to take it away.

    See you for the Breakfast Club.


  49. pat February 1st, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    He should be more concerned about Royals fans booing him if they read this………

    Shields: “I play for KC but my heart is w/Tampa, and it always will be. So don’t boo me next time I pitch here.”

  50. Hankflorida February 1st, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Pat, Clete Boyer was a magician at third, and he was such an exceptional player at that position that I could never imagine switching positions with Kubek who played short and was good but not great at that position. I have no doubt that he could have shown his magic at short, but when you have such gold at third, why mess with the winning combination of Boyer at third, Kubek at short and Richardson at second. If I go down the list of Yankees starting with Rolf to A-Rod at third, Clete was the best one with the glove.

  51. pat February 2nd, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Johnson is your third baseman…..

    While Johnson and the Yankees had discussed Johnson getting a lot of work at third before Rodriguez’s suspension, once the 162-game ban was announced, Yankee brass called him and urged him to “get as much work with our people at third base and give yourself as much time as you need to be comfortable,” Johnson said. He’s going to Tampa a few days early to do just that.

    The Yanks have stockpiled potential options for third base beyond Johnson — Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna have experience there. But club executives view Johnson as the primary guy.

  52. WakaTanaka February 2nd, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Bonifacio isn’t worth a roster spot in my opinion, let alone anything in a trade or $3.5 million. Flexibility doesn’t really help if it means you’re bad everywhere.

    It’s not like Nunez deserves a roster spot, either, but he costs 1/7 as much. I can’t see anyone paying Bonifacio $3.5 million next year. Maybe the Dodgers.

  53. WakaTanaka February 2nd, 2014 at 12:52 am

    So, that is to say that on a minor league deal I think Bonifacio is an option.

  54. Hankflorida February 2nd, 2014 at 1:37 am

    Pat, you got me thinking with Clete Boyer as the best Yankee fielding third basemen that If we had to pick an all star team of the best defensive Yankee players at each position who played for them a number of years, who would we pick? Without all the stats, what comes to mind for me as an eye witness is DiMaggio, Heinrich, Rizzuto, Mattingly, Cano with Clete Boyer. Both Left field and catcher is more difficult off the cuff and have to do some more thinking.I picked Heinrich because of the double plays that I saw him make when he purposely dropped the ball in right field, but a player like Jesse Barfield had that rifle arm to nip guys at the plate and could get some consideration. On a slow day in February, picking the best defensive team is not as easy as picking the offense.

  55. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 2:37 am

    Jesse Barfield. Now there was an arm. ’84, first home game of the year. TV and Tony Kubek, Don Chevier. Top of the first, 2 out, and Bobby Murcer at second. Single to right, Bobby heading home. Barfield sends a laser without a hop to Whitt who reaches around to the left to nab, Murcer. Jays top it off with the win.

  56. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Ellis Valentine was the man in right as well. His career was derailed by that beaning incident.

  57. jmills February 2nd, 2014 at 2:48 am

    Jays-Tigers, ’84 ( if you have some time to waste ).

  58. yanks61 February 2nd, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Pat M & Hank, good to see that you both have the same feeling as I do about Gil McDonald – very talented, unappreciated member of the 50′s Yanks.

    Basically, Gil was their starting 3B from 51 – 53, filling in at times at 2B.

    54, 55 – He was their 2B, filling in at 3B

    56 – He was their starting SS, filling in at 2B, with a handfull of games at 3B

    57 – Starting SS again, with a few games at 2B and a few at 3B

    58 – He was back to starting at 2B with a few games at SS

    59 – He split 100 games between SS and 3B with another 25 at 2B

    60 – 84 games at 3B and 42 at 2B

    A total of 599 games at 2B, 508 at 3B, 284 at SS

    He led AL infielders in double plays at all 3 of those positions (52, 55 and 57!)

    He was a 40.6 WAR over a 10 year career, hit over .300 twice, ROY in 51, an Allstar 5 times

    His best post-season was 1958 when he hit .321 with 2 Hrs, 2 doubles and 4 RBIs against the Braves. He hit the tie-breaking, game winning HR in the top of the 10th inning of game 6 against Warren Spahn.

    For his career he hit .276, .356, .766.

    We talk all the time about the Mantles, Berras and Fords, but Gil was such an important and yet often overlooked part of those Yankee teams. I think we could arguably say that he was, in fact, the 4th most important player on those great teams that won 8 pennants and 5 WS!

  59. yanks61 February 2nd, 2014 at 5:04 am

    And Hank, I remember well Score being hit in the face by Gil’s line drive. McDougald said he’d quit if Herb lost sight in his eye. And it’s true that Gil’s offense dipped noticeably starting the following year, at only the age of 30.

  60. blake February 2nd, 2014 at 7:19 am

    “The Yanks have stockpiled potential options for third base beyond Johnson — Eduardo Nunez, Scott Sizemore, Yangervis Solarte and Dean Anna have experience there. But club executives view Johnson as the primary guy.”


  61. pkyankfan69 February 2nd, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Kelly Johnson for the first few months… Aram, if healthy, once the Brewers fall far enough behind in the NL Central to become sellers. Considering payroll was around $230M last year and we’re “only” around $205M or so right now you have to think the Yanks could add Aram + an RP or 2 in season

  62. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Pat M.

    I like the Seahawks too but by at least three. I think the Seahawks will be able to get to Manning, at least get him out of his comfort zone.

  63. pkyankfan69 February 2nd, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Nice thing about Aram also is that his contract gives you some flexibility for 2015. There is a mutual option for 2015 (cannot find how much it’s for, I would imagine something in line with the rest of his contract $14M) so if the Yanks acquired him in season they could either buy him out for $4M at the end of the season or they could chose to solidify 3B for 2015 also. The Arod money coming back would lead you to believe they would go the buy out route but this at least gives you another option, especially nice considering they don’t have anyone in the minors who is close to MLB ready at the hot corner. You also have to figure Aram will come as more of a salary dump than Headley, always nice to just pay more money than give up more prospects.

  64. RhapsodyInBlue February 2nd, 2014 at 7:53 am


    I’t a shame we have watch this dook team for the next few years. I was extremely impressed how well they played last night in Syracuse and with no love from the officials.

    Coach Williams has his work cut out.

  65. joeman February 2nd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    The miles just keep rollin’
    As the people leave their way to say hello
    I’ve heard this life is overrated
    But I hope that it gets better as we go

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  67. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 8:38 am

    After today’s game the focus goes back to Baseball.

    P and C’s in less than 2 weeks.

  68. MTU February 2nd, 2014 at 9:13 am

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