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The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly decided to move a whole bunch of players up and down the east coast, but among them, a guy who’s not making any headlines, is Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio is the biggest over-the-top-holy-cow player moved up to Toronto. He’s very simply a very talented baseball player. He has started in at least 17 games in 6 positions and brings his plus speed with him to each spot on the diamond. The guy hit a pedestrian .258 and slugged a paltry .313 in 2012, but that is not indicative of the type of player he will be for Toronto. In 2011, Emilio hit .296 with 40 steals. While the .296 may be a bit high, the steals will be there for at least the foreseeable future. Consider that he stole 30 bags in 33 attempts (91%) in 64 games last year. I really think that at age 26 in 2011 Emilio Bonifacio figured it out and that hit poor 2012 was more indicative of injuries to his hand and knee that should be good to go in the Spring.
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