Toronto Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, who
was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins earlier this offseason, could be
available, reports David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
#Braves interested in Bonifaciobefore got traded by MIA (Fredi G. had him w/Marlins), didn't know til this wk he might still be available
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) December 5, 2012
The Blue Jays acquired Bonifacio in the mega-deal with the
Marlins that also shipped Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes to Toronto.
While he could be an everyday second baseman for the club, the Blue Jays also
have Maicer Izturis on their roster. For this reason they may be more willing
to listen to offers for Bonifacio.
The Atlanta Braves had expressed interest in Bonifacio
before he was traded to the Blue Jays, and they could be one potential suitor
if Toronto does decide to start shopping him.
Last season for the Marlins Bonifacio hit .258/.330/.316
over 244 at-bats while manning mostly center field. However, the 27-year-old
has also played both corner outfield positions as well as second and third base
and shortstop over his major league career.
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