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Emilio Bonifacio | Second Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/23/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Emilio Bonifacio finished Wednesday's doubleheader 0-for-8 against the Yankees.
The fun times are over; Bonifacio has gone 1-for-21 in his last five games to drop his average from .500 to .339. Still, it says a lot about how hot he was early on that he can have a 1-for-21 stretch and still be hitting .339. He still rates as the Cubs' best leadoff option at the moment, and we'd expect him to remain in the lineup most of the time. Apr 16 - 11:48 PM

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Emilio Bonifacio is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

The speedy utilityman has gotten off to a sizzling start, slashing .435/.480/.500 with a league-high seven stolen bases in his first 10 games. Junior Lake will hit leadoff for the Cubs against Adam Wainwright on Saturday.
Apr 12 - 10:53 AM

Emilio Bonifacio went 3-for-5 with a stolen base in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Bonifacio continued his hot-hitting ways, collecting three singles to push his average to .515 (17-for-33) on the year. The second baseman also stole his fifth base, swiping third and scoring on an Anthony Rizzo single. Bonifacio also picked up his second RBI of the year in the game.
Apr 8 - 11:54 PM

Emilio Bonifacio went 1-for-4 with two runs scored against the Phillies on Sunday.

Bonifacio has cooled from his torrid start, but the second baseman is still hitting .500 on the young season. He scored two of the Cubs' eight runs on Sunday, walking and singling in the game. His strong start has put him firmly back on the radar in mixed leagues.
Apr 6 - 7:19 PM

After going 4-for-5 in Monday's opener, Emilio Bonifacio went 5-for-7 with a walk and two steals as the Cubs' leadoff man Wednesday.

Even before the game got all crazy in extra innings, Bonifacio became just the fifth player in 100 years to have consecutive four-hit games to start a team's season. In the 15th, he picked up yet another single, making him the first known player to collect nine hits through two games. He was also picked off first base for the second time in two games, but that kind of thing is easier to accept from a .750 hitter. He does have three steals to go along with the two pickoffs.
Apr 3 - 1:24 AM

Emilio Bonifacio finished 4-for-5 with a stolen base Monday in the Cubs' loss to the Pirates.

Bonifacio singled three times and doubled once, and he was aggressive on the bases all afternoon. If new Cubs manager Rick Renteria embraces the running game -- and it appears that he already has -- Bonifacio could carry significant fantasy value this summer.
Mar 31 - 4:39 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Iowa.

Bonifacio's inclusion on the roster was never in doubt. He'll give the Cubs some speed and the ability to play multiple positions.
Mar 30 - 3:58 PM

Carrie Muskat of reports that Emilio Bonifacio "will likely be the Cubs' leadoff man when he's in the lineup."

Starlin Castro will hit leadoff on Opening Day, but Bonifacio will be used as a super utility player and will see plenty of playing time at second base, third base and the outfield. Even without a defined starting role, the speedster is a great late-round speed option in fantasy leagues.
Mar 6 - 8:05 PM

Cubs signed INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract.

He will receive an invitation to spring training as well. It's unclear how he'll be utilized in Chicago, but the speedy 28-year-old could find plenty of at-bats at third base, second base or center field, and represents a tremendous source of speed in fantasy leagues if he finds regular playing time.
Feb 15 - 12:17 PM

Royals released INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio cleared release waivers, so he is now a free agent and can sign with any club. He's owed $575,000 from the Royals in the form of termination pay. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Bonifacio has drawn interest from at least nine teams, including the Orioles. He should land somewhere quickly.
Feb 12 - 1:40 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that numerous teams are showing interest in Emilio Bonifacio.

Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals last weekend and is now on release waivers. Rosenthal finds it unlikely he'll be claimed, as the claiming team would owe him his entire $3.5 million salary for 2014. Assuming he becomes a free agent at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow, the Royals would owe him $575,000 in termination pay.
Feb 11 - 10:22 AM

Emilio Bonifacio has been placed on release waivers.

Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals at the beginning of February and a trade partner has not been found. The 28-year-old utilityman batted just .243 with a .625 OPS in 2013 and he's owed a $3.5 million salary in 2014, but he has good speed and should find a new home before the official start of spring training.
Feb 10 - 2:04 PM

The Orioles have some interest in Emilio Bonifacio, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.

The Royals designated Bonifacio for assignment February 1 and they have 10 days from that date to trade or release him, with a trade being the most likely outcome. The Dodgers were another club believed to be a good fit, but they signed a similar player in Justin Turner to a minor league deal Wednesday. Bonifacio will make $3.5 million this season and could fill a utility role for the O's.
Feb 5 - 9:26 PM

Royals designated INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio for assignment.

The surprising move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Bruce Chen. The Royals apparently believe that the versatile Bonifacio was expendable after signing Omar Infante to serve as their everyday second baseman, and he should attract enough interest in the coming days that they'll be able to work out a trade. Fantasy owners should hope that he lands in a favorable spot with regular playing time, as his exceptional speed can be extremely valuable.
Feb 1 - 12:12 PM

Royals avoided arbitration with 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the final time. Bonifacio performed well for the Royals down the stretch after arriving from Toronto, slashing .285/.352/.348 with 11 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He'll back up at second base and in the outfield in 2014.
Jan 17 - 2:30 PM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Emilio Bonifacio
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Mike Olt
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Ryan Sweeney
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
3Ryan Kalish
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeff Samardzija
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Jake Arrieta
5Jason Hammel
6Carlos Villanueva
7James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
R1Jose Veras
2Pedro Strop
3James Russell
4Wesley Wright
5Hector Rondon
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Justin Grimm
8Blake Parker