Jun 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (1) throws to first base against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Acquire Emilio Bonifacio While Waiting On Mike Moustakas Injury

This morning, Mike Moustakas reported to Kauffman Stadium wearing a walking boot. On Monday, he’d left the game with tightness in his calf. At this time, the Royals aren’t sure when he’ll be back to 100% but he’s out today and some think he could be out longer. Ned Yost put out five days as a potential timeframe.

With that being the case, the Royals went out and acquired utility player Emilio Bonifacio from Toronto for a player to be named later or cash. Bonifacio is hitting .218/.258/.321 this year, is a switch-hitter, and has played all over the diamond. To make room for him on the 40 man roster, the Royals moved Miguel Tejada to the 60 day DL. A move to put Bonifacio on the big league roster will be announced when he reports to the team.

I had previously discussed roster redundancies and getting the most out of each roster spot, and this looks like the acquisition of a player with similar skills as Elliot Johnson, who hasn’t been hitting much of anything for the last two months. If Moustakas doesn’t go on the disabled list, it probably spells doom for Johnson’s roster spot.

Bonifacio has had some good years, but this season has been a struggle, and he’s playing at a replacement level. He has two more years of arbitration eligibility and is making $2.6 million this year. Why Irving Falu or Anthony Seratelli can’t get a look in a similar role is confusing, but the Royals do tend to favor veterans, and right now, in a playoff push, they’ve picked up Justin Maxwell and Jamey Carroll as well in the last two weeks.

Bonifacio last played third base in 2011. He’s primarily been at second base and left field in 2013. He’s the older brother of Royals outfield prospect Jorge Bonifacio.

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  • Eric Akers

    Seratelli and Falu are both older than this guy. They may not have as much experience, but I can’t see why they don’t get a shot either. Now we have 4 guys manning the utility/2b/3b spots and all of them are basically the same player with a varying amount of speed. Falu is on the 40 man roster, right?

    • Michael Engel

      He is. He was up for one day before Getz came off the DL.

  • Eric Akers

    KC Kingdom reminded me that Mark Reynolds is available. That would be a great pickup for us at the moment.

  • Brian Henry

    I thought the currency of baseball was pitching? Maybe it’s utility infielders.

    • Michael Engel

      I think Dayton Moore is playing the role of the Dukes from Trading Places and he got a bad crop report…

      • Brian Henry

        Buy frozen concentrate, all of it.

  • Chris Lee

    This makes no sense in the present or the future. Whit Merrifield is a super-utility guy at AA now, he of the College World Series fame. This has to be the end of Elliott Johnson, who seems to have the requisit grit that Yostie loves. Can any team have so many light-hitting infielders? At least Esky can pick with the glove. What message are you sending to the guys in the minors?

  • Derek Purcell

    WHAT IS GOING ON!? WE HAVE MORE CAPABLE TALENT IN AAA! I was mad about the Carroll move, but this one is about to make me quit on the Royals until Moore is gone.

  • jimfetterolf

    Does anyone have any contacts watching the ‘Chasers? There may be an actual reason that Falu isn’t up. I notice his slash is down from last year, haven’t heard anything on his glove. I would have brought him up when Getz was hurt, or at least him before getting Jamey Carroll, so that suggests that the people who see Falu every play are seeing something. They’re the ones who tell Dayton Moore what he’s got at AAA.

    Tony Seratelli, same thing, he’s been hitting alright in Omaha, not lighting it up but solid, and is versatile. Is it a glove issue, a roster issue? We lack information.

    Emilio Bonafacio is interesting, a speed guy, good range at second, not much at other positions, switch-hitter with acceptable splits, Toronto looks an aberration, maybe the Royal Nerds see something on their F/x stuff like with Maxwell?

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  • jimfetterolf

    Mike, since I don’t have an email, just noticed that Choo is projected as 60/4. Sign him.

    • Michael Engel

      Projected by whom?

      • jimfetterolf


        “Four years and $60MM is the guess as to the asking price of Reds centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo in free agency this winter, tweets the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay. Choo placed fifth in MLBTR’s most recent 2014 Free Agent Power Rankings.”

        Sorry, got in a hurry, normally cite. So fire me :)

        • Michael Engel

          Gordon’s extension post-11 was 5/50 (if you assume the final option year), so 4/60 for Choo is pretty fair in that regard, especially with extra TV money available.

          • jimfetterolf

            Sounds a little low to me for what he offers and I assume he won’t be signed as CF, LF is probably his better position.

            Wasn’t Gordon still under control for a year and a half when he extended?

          • Michael Engel

            It bought out his last year of arbitration I believe.