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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.
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Kansas City manager Ned Yost addressed the media this afternoon prior to the second game of their series with the Astros. Yost first discussed the recent offensive turnaround, and how the team has been effective. “Guys are starting to do their job and we’re starting to get timely hits. If we would’ve gotten timely hits in May we wouldn’t still be talking about May.”
Yost then talked about the presence of Hall of Famer George Brett and his role as the Royals hitting coach. He specifically addressed what it is that has made Brett so successful early on in his new role with the club. “Everybody has to be able to relate, you teach what you know, but you have to be able to relate to who you’re teaching, so that you can get their attention, get their respect, and get them to act. These kids all knew George’s life before he came here, and they know how much it means that George took time out of his retirement to come and work every day with them. They all know that and appreciate that, and they love his approach. Before George came on board everything was a mechanical fix, but George has not thrusted that down their throats. It’s been more about slowing the game down and freeing up their swing. What it feels like for a good swing and what it feels like for a bad swing.”
Yost concluded the media conference by commenting on the value that veteran infielder Miguel Tejada has brought to the club. “It’s consistency in his approach and his consistency in his work ethic, playing or not playing, he goes about it the exact the same way every day. He’s always prepared, he keeps himself in great shape and his experience is huge in this case.” Yost finally commented that Tejada’s veteran leadership in the clubhouse has also been very beneficial.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be held from March 2 – 19. Nine players from the Royals organization were named to the provisional squads, including six players on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
The selections are as follows: Left-handed pitchers Bruce Chen (China) and Tim Collins (United States), right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Luis Mendoza (Mexico) and J.C. Sulbaran (The Netherlands), catcher Salvador Perez (Venezuela), infielders Irving Falu (Puerto Rico) and Miguel Tejada (Dominican Republic), and outfielder Paulo Orlando (Brazil). Chen, Collins, Falu, Herrera, Mendoza and Perez played for Kansas City in 2012. Tejada is a non-roster invitee to 2013 spring training, while Orlando and Sulbaran are both on the Double-A Northwest Arkansas roster. Chen will become the first Major Leaguer to represent China in the event.