Earlier today, the Kansas City Royals made the Bruce Chen signing official and they needed to clear a spot on the 40 man roster. In a corresponding move, Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment. When he was DFA’d, my first thought (as well as River Avenue Blues writer Mike Axsia’s) was if he could be a good fit for the Yankees. There are pros and cons in considering Bonifacio, as there are with any player, so let’s take a few minutes to weigh them out.
PROS: Let’s start off with the fact he’s 29. He’s not a player that’s about to turn 40 years old and is on the verge of retirement. He’s played almost every position on the diamond and has experience at second and third base, a position the Yankees need help with. He doesn’t have a draft pick attached to him and there would be no prospect sacrifice if the Yankees acquired him.
CONS: He’s nothing more than a role player. Aside from 2011, he hasn’t been very good offensively. He hits right handed hitters better than left handed hitters, but the Yankees desperately need a left hand hitter. To top it off, he’s scheduled to make $3.5 Million in 2014, so he would be a role player that wouldn’t come cheap.
Would he be worth giving a look? Maybe, but the Yankees would have to consider his hefty price tag for being a reserve player. The Yankees have far too many reserve players coming to camp to try to earn a spot on the 25 man roster. If the Yankees don’t have room for him, they could cut him and I’d imagine his contract would still be non-guaranteed. I’ll admit he’s versatile, he’s young and he’s fast but he’s been from team to team simply because he’s a player that’s there simply to pinch-run or play a position when a regular needs a day off or is injured. He could be an option for the Yankees, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees passed up the opportunity and decided to stick with the players they have.