The Emilio Bonifacio Experiment Comes To An End In Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays have dealt one of their biggest disappointments in a season full of disappointments. The Jays announced they have dealt Emilio Bonifacio to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Bonifacio was obtained from the Miami Marlins in the blockbuster trade that shocked the offseason and at the time was thought to be the sleeper and potential cornerstone of the transaction.
With the exception of Jose Reyes, it was thought that Bonifacio could be a game changer with his speed and versatility on the field. Unfortunately his potential never matriculated as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays forcing the hand of the powers that be to deal the speedster.
However Bonifacio could not put it together north of the border struggling in all aspects of the game. The speedster appeared lost at the plate for most of the season, could not make routine plays on defense and only managed to swipe 12 bags in 18 attempts. In a corresponding move the Blue Jays have recalled fan favourite Munenori Kawasaki from the Buffalo Bisons to fill the void left by Bonifacio.
In 94 games with the Blue Jays the 28-year old Bonifacio was hitting .218 with a .258 on base percentage striking out 66 times in 262 at bats. Bonifacio enjoyed his most successful season as a member of the Marlins in 2011 where he hit .296 and swiped 40 bases in 51 attempts.
Bonifacio will join the organization where his younger brother Jorge Bonifacio is employed. The younger Bonifacio is an outfielder currently assigned to the double A Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League.
It has been a busy day in Blue Jay land as Bonifacio was dealt, Kawasaki recalled, Kevin Pillar promoted and Colby Rasmus placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain. Could Marcus Stroman be the next to the call?