Royals acquire Emilio Bonifacio from Toronto
The Royals announced today that they have acquired veteran infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations or a Player to be Named. In a corresponding roster move, the Royals have transferred infielder Miguel Tejada to the 60-day Disabled List.
Bonifacio, 28, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Miami Marlins this offseason. He’s hitting .218 this year with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 12 stolen bases. The sixth-year utility man has 122 stolen bases in his career in 156 attempts (78%), including a career-best 40 thefts in 2011. He set career highs in nearly every offensive category in 2011 with the Marlins, batting .296 with 26 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers and 78 runs scored. A switch-hitter, Bonifacio has shown his versatility this season, playing all three outfield positions as well as second base and shortstop.
Emilio’s younger brother, Jorge, is an outfield prospect in the Royals’ organization, currently at Double-A with Northwest Arkansas.
Tejada, 39, was hitting .288 for KC this season with 16 doubles, 3 homers and 26 RBI.