Cubs Reportedly Sign Emilio Bonifacio to a Minor League Contract

According to reports from Jesse Rogers, Bruce Levine and Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs signed utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract. The deal includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training. The terms of the contract have not been released.

Updated 2:21pm CSTAccording to Jon Heyman, Emilio Bonifacio can make $2.5 million if he makes the Cubs roster. Bonifacio’s deal also includes a $425,000 incentives package. The Royals will pay Bonifacio $574,000 in termination pay.

The Royals released Emilio Bonifacio after they avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract for the 2014 season. The 28-year old (April 23, 1985), switch hitter has played second, short, third and all three outfield spots at the Major League level.

Bonifacio hit a combined .243/.295/.331 in 136 games for the Blue Jays and Royals last season with 22 doubles, three triples and three home runs. The Royals picked up Bonifacio from the Blue Jays on August 14 and he hit .285/.352/.348 over the last 42 games for Kansas City.

The Royals designated Bonifacio for assignment on Feb. 1 to make room on the 40-man roster for Bruce Chen. Bonifacio avoided arbitration in January by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. After not being able to trade Bonifacio, the Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Feb. 10. When Bonifacio was not claimed he became a free agent.

Rumors suggested the Cubs were interested in trading for Bonifacio after he was DFA’d.

The Cubs are not on the hook for any of the money the Royals agreed to pay Bonifacio for the 2014 season. If he sticks with the team, Bonifacio would become a free agent at the end of the season.

Updated 11:18am CST – Bonifacio was drawing a lot of interest from other teams according to Chris Cotillo. The Orioles are one of the 10 teams reportedly interested in signing him. According to Jon Heyman, Bonifacio turned down Major League offers to sign a minor league deal with the Cubs.

The Cubs have confirmed signing Bonifacio to a minor league contract. The deal includes a non-roster invite to camp so he will be in Mesa by Tuesday (Feb. 18) when the position players report.

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  • cubtex

    I posted this on the previous page but this is what we have. Bonifacio will give them the best leadoff option so I hope they start him at 2B.

    Here is what we have for 3rd base and 2nd currently to battle for sping training/

    Valbuena- taking up a 40 man roster spot
    D Murphy- taking up a 40 man roster spot
    Barney- obviously taking up a 40 man roster spot
    E Bonifacio- just signed minor league contract
    Olt- 40 man roster but should start year in AAA
    Tat-Man- minor league deal
    Chris Valaika- minor league deal
    Logan Watkins- 40 man roster

    What is the main purpose for the season???? Get Castro and Rizzo back
    on track. Not to win games but to develop those 2. It makes the most
    sense to let Bonifacio leadoff and play 2nd and let Castro bat 2nd in
    front of Rizzo. I hope they can try and package Barney in a trade of
    some kind.

    • Richard Hood

      I think this season is just the type of year that a guy like Bonifacio can take the ball and run with it. I hope that he is in the mix at 2nd and Murphy can go bye bye.
      I am just not impressed with Murphy in the mix at 2nd if Olt solidifies 3rd (I know big IF). As a stop gap split at 3rd he is fine but 2nd is a different animal and Bonifacio is more of what we need on our bench. Especially if Vitters and Olt end up making the club.
      If Vitters because the corner sub and Olt takes third then a guy like this can play all over the diamond outfield and IF in a pinch.
      I do not know if he has enough left in the tank to start because he seems to be a shell of what he was in Miami but even as a 25 guy on a minor league deal Bonifacio has a lot of value.

      • Eugene Debs

        Enough left in the tank? He’s 28, which is younger than our supposed “young ace.”

        • Richard Hood

          The difference is that he is an old 28. I know that sounds strange but he seemed to have peaked 2 years ago and has been in decline ever since. The more he has played the more he has struggled. His best job may be off the bench at this point.

          • Eugene Debs

            I will not debate the decline, you are correct. The stikeouts are bad, bUt I like him more than most of our infielders.

    • Tony_Hall

      I have always like Bonifacio and what he brings to the game. His defensive flexibility is great for this team as well.

      But why do you believe he signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, when he had major league deals with other teams?

      • Tony_Hall

        My take is, I believe Bonifacio was told he would make the 25 man roster and have a very good shot at starting. They asked him to not need a major league contract, so that they could delay making the decision of which other infielder to get move out.

        • cubtex

          Well I think that is obvious. Gotta believe they are trying to move Barney

          • Tony_Hall

            I think he could be seen as the super sub more than the starting 2B. But I agree they are and will be trying to move Barney.

          • cubtex

            Kind of makes Watkins a bigger long shot now

          • Richard Hood

            He was a long shot before he ever got to Chicago. He really struggled in AAA last year and he should have never been called up. It was still a mistake to have him rot on the bench and give all the PT to Barney when the season was all but over though.

          • Tony_Hall

            I bet Watkins goes to Iowa to learn how to be a utility guy on a team. Play 2B,SS, 3B and get some time in the OF, as that is his ultimate role anyway.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Watkins is horrible anyway. No bat.

        • BosephHeyden

          That would probably be the most reasonable explanation. Also, the Cubs aren’t about to win this year, so signing with them over any other team may seem like an odd choice. BUT, there’s also next-to-no chance Bonifacio makes it to the end of the season if he rebounds from last year. He’ll get flipped to a contender. I think Bonifacio knows that, and he knows that the best way to get on a winning team is to wait and see.

          So basically he just signed a minor league contract that has an 80% guarantee to be a major league contract for a team in the playoff hunt come August.

      • cubtex

        He signed minor league deal

        • Tony_Hall

          Re-read my post.

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  • paulcatanese

    See what a new complex will do? This guy would rather turn down other teams for a Major League team to sign with the Cubs.

    • Ripsnorter1

      YOU are dead wrong, Paul. He signed with the Cubs to get a chance to use the new urinals in Wrigley Field.

      • paulcatanese

        Couldn’t answer earlier, rain wiped me out.
        But to answer, ok to use the urinals at Wrigley, as long as the wind is blowing out to left:)

  • Eugene Debs

    I see him as a utility guy vs. starting at 2nd all season unless the Cubs are willing and able to move Barney. Bonifacio will make the roster and get 400+ at-bats, IMO.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Could this mean the end of the great Luis Valbuena?!

    • Tony_Hall

      Yes it could. He is an expensive bench player and they could cut him as the trade market for him at his salary his zero.

      • 07GreyDigger

        That’s sad. I will miss his career .218 average with the Cubs.

        • Tony_Hall

          I don’t think anyone will miss his average. He would be a useful piece to a team needing their 2nd back-up infielder position fielded with a LH bat, that can work the count and have a little pop.

          • cubtex

            he is not useful to any team. Sorry but he is a stiff. Before all this saber talk he would have been out of baseball years ago. Can’t hit. All players have to do these days and not swing the bat and saber guys come up with a stat on why they are useful. Can’t play but they can walk.

          • Richard Hood

            If he had more pop he would be Mickey Tettleton. And that guy hung on 10 years by being average to below defensively but he could take a walk and crank a shot now and then.

            Just using the comparison to show that it is not a new SABR thing.

          • cubtex

            lol. A Mickey Tettleton sighting

          • Tony_Hall

            There have been many players like him before to have decent length of careers.

          • Richard Hood

            I know Tettleton was the first to pop into my head from my old APBA days. He and Rob Deer had value at what they were and that was WAYYYYYYYY before this SABR revolution.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Tettleton was a catcher. Anybody who can hit .210 is a ML catcher these days. Check out the lifetime stats on Koyie Hill sometime, folks.

          • cubtex

            just looked at Tettleton’s numbers. There was a reason he had a 10 year career. He hit over 30 bombs a year 4 times. Valbuena isn’t even Mickey Morandini. Mickey Morandini at least was a career .263 hitter

          • Tony_Hall

            With a 338 OBP and a whopping 359 SLG. Of course that is still better than Barney.

          • cubtex

            I wasn’t a fan of Morandini :)

          • Richard Hood

            I actually was. He was a glue guy on some very talented Phillies teams. Played spot on defense at 2nd and always seemed to be right in the play come crunch time.

          • cubtex

            well yes…he was better with the Phils than his stint with the Cubs. He had no pop whatsoever and couldn’t really run. Solid defender.

          • Richard Hood

            Until it was mentioned in the last few minutes I had forgotten his time in Chicago.

          • cubtex

            He got Cubbed. 1997 with Phils the year before he goes to Cubs he has a career year.
            .295 .371OBP 40 2B

            Next year with Cubs he had only 20 2B with more AB’s. Typical :)

          • Tony_Hall

            What??

            1998 with the Cubs was arguably his best season.
            296/380/385/765

            Yes only 20 2B’s but he hit his career high in HR’s with 8

          • cubtex

            OK. I didn’t look too closely. I just saw the drop in 2B’s. He had a good 1st year with the Cubs.

          • paulcatanese

            And it was fun to watch him with bewilderment on his face as he walked from the Cub’s clubhouse to the Giant’s clubhouse when he was traded:)

          • Tony_Hall

            He had one great season with the Cubs to hang his hat on!

          • paCubsFan23

            Yep. I would argue that even with Sammy’s big ’98 seasaon, we don’t win the wild card without Morandini hitting second every day.

          • paulcatanese

            And I think he got a ring, along with Theriot.

          • texcubnut

            Just the mention of Mickey
            Morandini makes me miss Harry :)

          • paCubsFan23

            Another one was Rob Deer.

    • Richard Hood

      I am hoping Murphy now has a one way ticket to Japan.

      • cubtex

        I don’t think he will survive the 40 man roster spot that he is occupying.

        • Richard Hood

          I hope not. He is the definition of roster fodder. Take away a hot 2 weeks and he was HORRIBLE when he got called up.

          • cubtex

            Look at our 40 man roster. Plenty of room to cut guys and add some better players. Murphy,Valbuena,Fujikawa just to mention a few.

          • Tony_Hall

            Fujikawa is not going anywhere.

          • cubtex

            should go to 60 day DL is what I mean

          • Tony_Hall

            I just wonder if they want to wait out ST to see how he is doing before putting him on the 60 DL. Thinking he may be back sooner.

            Not sure how the clock works with it in ST, to know if it starts immediately or if it starts with Opening Day, no matter when in ST you put him on it.

          • cubtex

            what is his timetable now with no setbacks? Mid June? That is over 60 days.

          • Richard Hood

            I was thinking end of May but Mid June might be right.

          • Tony_Hall

            It is the only think I can think of as to why they don’t 60 DL him already.

          • Richard Hood

            Fuji is destined for the 60 day. Jackson could be do or die time. Murph or McDonald should be first to go though.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Fujikawa has a three years, $16.5 million dollar contract with your Chicago Cubs. Another great Theo move.

          • Tony_Hall

            2015 is a club option for $5.5M with a $0.5M buyout.

  • Swish23

    Another awe inspiring move by the FO that is pure genius. A chip to flip for a low A bench guy; only 98 losses now; can’t wait to fill up my Kool-aid cup once again. See; all that money saved from good players like Tanaka does pan out. If only Harry could spell this guys name backwards.

    • Tony_Hall

      Whether they try to flip him or keep him as a super-sub with speed, he is a nice addition.

      • daverj

        I don’t see them keeping him as a supersub (at least beyond this season). Ultimately, I think that will be Lake’s role. I don’t see Lake as a long term major league starter. Bonifacio would make a good placeholder at 2B until Alcantara comes up in June or July.

        • cubtex

          Lake is no longer an infielder

          • Tony_Hall

            Yeah, Lake won’t be the Derosa type super sub.

          • cubtex

            that is what a super sub is. Lake will only be a 4th or 5th outfield type player

          • Tony_Hall

            Think of it as a full description to try and have clarity, not trying to say there are more types.

          • Richard Hood

            Lets let him get some AB’s this spring before we get into what Lake is or isn’t. Some guys just have light turn on.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I am just replying to what DaverJ said about Lake’s eventual role will be a super sub. To me a Super Sub is a guy who can play IF and OF. That will not be Lake.

          • Richard Hood

            I really thought Lake was trade bait last year after his Spring Training but injuries kept him from being moved. This Spring after getting some AB’s with the big club I could still see a Arizona or KC get back into conversations about him.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think they will trade him.

            Down the road maybe, but not until guys like Bryant and Almora have cut into playing time.

          • Richard Hood

            I was coming from what this FO has consistently said they wanted their prospects to be like.
            Last year the world was high on Lake as a late bloomer in AAA. Now we have a small sample size of what he could be like if he hits his extremely high ceiling his value might not get much higher. If the Cubs could get a player that helps bridge the gap between now and when “Their Guys” are ready, he is gone.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t think he is a guy they will keep until FA. But don’t know if they will move him this year, unless someone gives them an offer they can’t refuse.

          • Richard Hood

            I think that Lake for some reason is a victim of SABR analysis from Cubs fans especially. It is kind of strange from the same fan base that crowned Cedeno as the next great short stop but Lake never gets props for what he is. If the reports from the Dominican Leagues can be believed he could be a very good CF in the majors for a long time. Just not in Chicago.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think CF and RF is already taken for a long time once Almora and Bryant come up. LF is open though. But with all the RH bats in our top prospects, LF may need a LH bat.

          • Richard Hood

            And this is the big problem with most Cubs fans right now. You just marked a guy that has no AB’s above low A as already taking a spot in Chicago’s center field.
            If Almora is as good as advertised we will see this year but lets give him one more year before you move a guy that already has gotten to the show.

            Now Bryant is a totally different conversation. I really think he is closer to being good in the Show than anyone other than Baez. But why much it be RF right away? Remember the lessons that Sosa taught us about RF at Wrigley? It is the hardest RF in the majors. To move a kid from 3rd to RF there at the ML level means you are expecting him to fail. Bryant will play at least a half a season in Chicago in LF or 3rd base even with his plus arm.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am the one not trading away Lake until Almora and Bryant get here.

            Almora played in the AFL and hit. He is going to make it to the majors, it is just a question of how good of a player will he be once he is here.

            I don’t think Bryant moving to RF is about him failing, but that Baez will be at 3B and Alcantara will be at 2B with Castro at SS. Where he plays when he first comes up will be dependent on who is on the roster and where he and others can get playing time.

          • Richard Hood

            I am trading away Lake because I think this FO will move him not because I WANT to. I am probably one of the biggest fans of the guy you will meet.

            There is very few guys in the majors that can offer the skill set that Lake has but the intangibles make him closer to Patterson than McCutchens right now.

            That is the 2 guys talent wise that I see his ceiling as. Plus speed, Plus Arm, Plus contact rate, Average to Plus Power.

            The only question is right now will he bust up like Patterson and have a hohum career as a back up or bust out like McCutchens and be a piece that we are sorely lacking.

          • paulcatanese

            And the best right fielder with the glove was traded (rightfully so) and eventually retreated back to Japan.

          • Richard Hood

            There have been a couple of Right Fielders for Chicago I have liked recently. DeRosa played it well. Fukudome defensively handled it well and so did Dejesus (too bad he had to be a CF’er).

          • paulcatanese

            Right, DeRosa and Dejesus as well, forgot about the two of them. They were good out there.

          • paCubsFan23

            Cedeno was a AAAA guy. I seem to remember him hitting something like .340 in AAA then flailing away hopelessly in the majors. He was good at the squeeze play, though.

          • paulcatanese

            Right, just ask the Cubs:)

          • paulcatanese

            CF is a long way off for him, needs to improve his routes and where he needs to throw the ball, was not impressed whatsoever with his glove in the outfield, never saw him play the infield.

          • Richard Hood

            I am just taking the reports coming out of the Winter Leagues about his improvement. Remember he played very little OF in the minors.

          • Ripsnorter1

            And some guys just have the light turned off on them, too.

          • daverj

            I don’t think that is set in stone. When he likely fails as a starting outfielder, they may revisit this issue.

          • Richard Hood

            As a starting IF I agree with Tex but as a utility guy that can play 3rd,2nd and all over the OF in a pinch if his bat plays you can deal with the rest.

          • cubtex

            You almost never see that happen. Did Soriano ever see any time in the infield after he was switched? He is working hard to become a passable outfielder. He is wearing the big glove now. I don’t think you will ever see Lake playing the infield again. There was a reason he was moved to the outfield just like there was a reason Soriano was.

          • Tony_Hall

            Miquel Cabrera
            Albert Pujols

          • cubtex

            Pujols was never completely moved off the IF. Look at his career and of course Cabrera was out of necessity for his bat. As you see, it lasted only 1 year and he is going to 1B.

          • Tony_Hall

            Pujol’s 2nd & 3rd seasons, he was mainly an OF. He played 1778 innings in the OF and 806 innings in the infield. Of course this is the Cardinals way of positional flexibility and what we should expect to see the Cubs doing as well.

            Both players was out of necessity to get their bats in the lineup.

            I agree with you that Lake is done as an infielder, but it is still a possibility if he hits enough to force himself into the lineup.

          • cubtex

            Yes but like I said…he worked out in the IF as well as the OF throughout his career. Lake is not. Totally different

          • Tony_Hall

            Lake played infield through the minors and only played 64 games last year. Way too early to say it is totally different.

            Miggy had played his full 2nd season in the OF only to go back in season 4 to full time infield.

          • cubtex

            Wow. Just loooked at Lake’s fielding % in the minors. Do you want to place a bet that he will never sniff the infield again? :)

          • Tony_Hall

            Derek Jeter 933 with a season where he was 889

            Lake 926 And he never had 57 errors in one season.

          • cubtex

            Look how many DP’s. Look how many assists. You can’t actually believe that Lake could ever be the caliber of a fielder as Jeter is. You need to look at the fluidity of the player. Cmon man. I know you know better than that.

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t see him as infielder. I just don’t think you can say that because a fielder made a lot of errors or had a low fielding percentage in the minors that they won’t be good fielders (or adequate) in the majors someday.
            Not even the greatest gloves in Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel came up and dominated with the glove in the minors or their early years.

          • cubtex

            Anyway. With all this back and forth….If I am not mistaken didn’t the FO come out and say that Lake will no longer be considered an infielder. Am I mistaken? That was told to him correct?

          • Tony_Hall

            I think they did. I don’t see it happening, but as he matures as a player and if the team has a need to fill 3B (not SS/2B) for a short term, you can never say never.

          • cubtex

            Obviously if he could do it would be great to put him at 2B but obviously he is not a mlb 2nd baseman.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am really hoping Alcantara takes over 2B. We need a top of the order type player and a switch hitter would be great as well.

          • paulcatanese

            There is no way in the world one can compare Lake with those two. Not even remotely, in their worse nightmares. Cannot imagine it Tony that you would go there, I know you know baseball better than that.

          • Tony_Hall

            Wasn’t comparing Lake to those 2 at all, just saying that even 2 of the greatest gloves (as I stated) struggled in the minors and at first in the majors.

          • Tony_Hall

            And if you read my first sentence you would know that for sure.

          • paulcatanese

            Sorry Tony, a little harsh, mixed with a few glasses of Riesling making my Bouillabaisse got the best of me, I know you know the difference.

          • Tom U

            Smith and Vizquel were such a study in contrasts, yet both can be considered one of the best defensively at the position.

            Smith, with his lightning quick reactions, acrobatics, and two distinctive throwing styles (over the top from the hole, a quick flip on shorter throws).

            Vizquel, completely upright, superior lateral quickness, and a whip for an arm.

          • Tony_Hall

            I remember watching Lake in the futures game I would say 3-4 years ago and didn’t think he would stay in the infield then.

          • cubtex

            I saw him too. He wasn’t smooth and didn’t move like an infielder.

          • cubtex

            Baez has had a ton more errors than Lake as well. One has the hands and movement of an IF and Lake doesn’t. It is something that you can find out pretty easily by watching them.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree.

          • Richard Hood

            Fielding % and Errors have very slanted views when you are talking about prospects. There is no consistency in the scoring or the fields. That is the reason that a lot of scouts are saying that Baez could play SS in the majors even with his high error totals

          • cubtex

            agreed. The eye ball test tells you who is a SS or not.

          • Richard Hood

            No matter what stat you look at in minors the eye ball test still rules. That is why most teams still employ a huge number of scouts. Stats can only tell you so much.

          • Tom U

            I have seen both Lake and Baez play shortstop. I am reminded of the old phrase “be careful what you wish for, you may get it”.

          • cubtex

            You don’t think Baez can play there Tom?

          • Tony_Hall

            I believe Baez is going to end up at 3B.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I think Castro is getting better and better at SS.

          • Tom U

            I would like to see him at third before I comment on that.

          • Tony_Hall

            I can see him starting out in LF when he is first called up. His bat will get him to the majors, but it could be a few years before he finds his position.

          • Tom U

            That’s if he agrees to play there.

          • Tony_Hall

            I really don’t see that being a problem. His agent will explain the benefits of starting his clock and not to wait until an infield position opens up to be called up.

          • Richard Hood

            That is the rub with Baez no matter where they put him. He still has that swagger that most shortstops have. I think he could be a gold glove caliber 2nd baseman but until he sets his mind to it I do not know where he can play.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I agree 100% Richard. It all depends on what Javy puts his mind to.

          • cubtex

            How much say do you think a kid in his position would have? Listen Javy we have a spot in the OF for you this year in the show. I don’t want to play there. OK…stay in the minors.

          • Richard Hood

            lol I automatically thought of Major Leagues (back to the minors).

          • Tom U

            All I can say is that I have no evidence, but I have heard a lot of strong talk.

          • cubtex

            I have noticed you don’t care for his character. I have heard the talk about that as well. Hopefully he matures and understands what he needs to do to be a true professional.

          • Tom U

            The one thing that I will say in Baez’s defense is that he is very young. That may have an effect.

          • paulcatanese

            Agree Tom. I think we both heard the same thing a year or so ago, and we discussed it.

          • Tom U

            From what I have seen, his reactions seem to be very slow in the field. Some may point out the highlight reel play Baez made to preserve Eric Jokish’s no-hitter. But I saw it in real time. A good shortstop such as Carlos Penalver would have made it on his feet, about belt high. Baez had to make a diving catch inches off the ground.

          • Richard Hood

            I got a small sample size of Baez a couple years ago in AZ and thought he had the moxie to do it if he put the work in. Has that changed Tom?

          • Tony_Hall

            Really, all minor league stats need to be not taken as anything more then what they did at the time. So many factors go into what they are doing, that stats don’t tell the whole story in the minors.

          • Eugene Debs

            I can tell you guys right now, identifying what Cabrera and Pujols did has no bearing at all on what a fringe prospect like Lake is going to do. Those guys are world class baseball players. Think more like Ryan Freel or Rob Mackowiak to make your point.

          • Tony_Hall

            LOL! I was just giving Tex some examples off the top of my head that players can move to the OF and then come back to the infield. We could see this with Bryant or Baez more so than Lake in the coming years.

          • paulcatanese

            And I believe I played baseball with Rob Macowiak’s grandfather many hundreds of years ago. the name and Oak Lawn tells me that is the case.

          • cubtex

            Just looked at Cabrera. He hasn’t played much outfield at all and always spent time in the IF those years. Same with Pujols.

          • Tony_Hall

            They were the first names I thought of off the top of my head.

            Miggy
            2003
            481 Innings OF
            275 Innings 3B

            2004
            1360 Innings OF
            0 Innings Infield

            2005
            1105 Innings OF
            238 Innings 3B

            2006 – Moved BACK to 3B

          • cubtex

            at age 23. If Lake doesn’t play IF at all over the next 3 seasons he never will. Remember, he was not a good defensive infielder in the minors.

          • Tony_Hall

            So we have to wait 3 seasons? It does happen and it could happen with Lake.

            As far as being a good defensive infielder in the minors, neither was future HOF and Gold Glove winner Derek Jeter

            1992 – 21 Errors
            1993 – 57 Errors WOW!!!
            1994 – 25 Errors
            1995 – 29 Errors.

            Many players are not good fielders in the minors.

          • daverj

            Recent guys who I can think of that were exclusively in the outfield for a couple years and then moved to the infield … Schumacher and Teahen. Of course, Pete Rose moved from OF to 3B many years ago (I’m not suggesting Lake is in the same universe as Rose as a player).

            Junior Lake played 3B in AAA for most of 2013. And played a lot of SS and 2B in the minors over the past few years.

            I think he’d be fine as a supersub.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Pete Rose was a starting 2B in the 1960′s. He moved to the OF, then to 3B.

          • paulcatanese

            Being an ex-barber,I never liked Rose, his wife cut his hair:)

          • BillyFinT

            Hilarious. You can’t be serious, Paul?

          • paulcatanese

            Seriously, I can recall the photo with Rose sitting in a chair, a towel draped around him and his wife cutting his hair. Lost all likes for him after that.
            And I was a barber in Chicago, as was my father and was sent to Barber School in the early fifties, worked on the South Side
            of Chicago that was loaded with
            White Sox fans, and that explains the mental problems later in life:)

          • BillyFinT

            In that case, you might find this short novel very interesting:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razor_%28short_story%29

            The above is my favorite short novel of all time. Another creative art having a barber as the lead character is the Korean comedy film, set in the dictator period of 1950-60s:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_President%27s_Barber

            Billu The Barber, an Indian film, is another great work. This one is a gem, about family, friendship, and a small dream came true in a dramatic way at a countryside town.

          • paulcatanese

            Thanks for the info, will do as soon as time allows.
            By the way, a Barber that is a Cub fan and working on the South Side of Chicago that was
            99% White Sox faithful had a million stories and others as well
            I could write a short story about it myself.

          • BillyFinT

            Please do. It’s always an open secret that celebs and stars in all professions (baseball included) opened up chatties to barbers. (*laugh)

          • paulcatanese

            Except for first base, I was crying for him to be tried over there.

        • Tony_Hall

          I agree, but it is an option.

    • Richard Hood

      If we lose 98 games this year you won’t have to worry about Cubbies Kool-aid because a lot of people will be needing something a lot stronger.

    • paulcatanese

      A chip to flip? Outstanding:)

  • daverj

    Bonifacio has always seemed to me to be the kind of player that can put up very good stats (and create a little excitement) for a bad team, but doesn’t have much value to a contender. On the other hand, I think Barney has much more value to a contender than a bad team. I do not like Barney as a starting 2B, but I think he is a valuable utility/defensive replacement for a contender

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Just added this update in the report …

    Updated 2:21pm CST – According to Jon Heyman, Bonifacio can make $2.5 million if he makes the Cubs roster. Bonifacio’s deal also includes a $425,000 incentives package. The Royals will pay Bonifacio $574,000 in termination pay.

    • Tony_Hall

      That tells me he is making the team.

    • Richard Hood

      As I said on twitter Neil. The life of a back up IF is good. He is getting his money all he has to do is make the team.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Received your tweet … and my response was going to be, exactly.

        Good to see you posting again.

    • cubtex

      What do you think Neil? Will Barney be moved before the start of the year?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        It is looking that way. There has been interest in him.

        • cubtex

          That would make sense with all the IF’s they are adding.

    • TheWrongGuy

      Barney makes 2.3 in arby and they pay Bonifacio more = Barney out IMO.
      Just saying =)

      • cubtex

        I think you are right WrongGuy :)

      • Tony_Hall

        Bonifacio made $3.5 the same way that Barney got to this 2.3M. Take away the termination pay, and Bonifacio should of still made a little more.

        • TheWrongGuy

          If your going to pay more to someone just to send him to the minors or be a back-up to someone your paying more $$ to?
          Lets not forget tat-man is in ST as well. Barney is OUT.

          • cubtex

            I think Murphy and Barney are going to be the casualties.

          • Richard Hood

            You are making me giddy Tex.

          • Tony_Hall

            I really don’t see tatman making the team.

            Bonifacio has to make the team to get paid.

            Barney, like all arbitration eligible players can be cut, just like the Royals did with Bonifacio and not pay their entire pay. But Barney will be traded.

          • TheWrongGuy

            Rizzo showing tat-man how the CUBs do infield practice…

            http://boysofspring.com/cubs-camp-photos/

          • Tony_Hall

            I love all the pictures Tim posts.

          • cubtex

            Valbuena has been seeing a lot of time at 2B this winter. I can see Barney being moved. Murphy sent packing with Olt going to AAA. Here is what I see happening.
            Rizzo
            Bonafacio/Valbuena
            Castro
            Valbuena/Tat Man

          • Tony_Hall

            How about this :)

            Rizzo
            Bonifacio
            Castro
            Olt

            Bench – pick em at this point but Valbuena and Murhphy gone

          • cubtex

            I would love to see Olt there but I think it would be career suicide for him to start with the Cubs. He needs to start in AAA, but of course you already knew I feel that way :))

          • TheWrongGuy

            I agree yet disagree.
            I agree for Olt to start in the minors this year depending on how he does in ST. But I see him starting A+ ball to hit and gain confidence and then fly through the system to the majors.
            And Tony you know most everyone hate Valbuena except this FO. Barney and Murphy will be moved before Valbuena. IMO

          • cubtex

            I don’t see him going to high A. The main thing with Olt is to get his stroke back. He can DH, play a little 3B, 1B, LF and RF to get him the AB’s he needs.

          • cubtex

            I think both Tat Man and Bonifacio make the team

          • Tony_Hall

            I am just not that impressed with Roberts. Very poor man’s Derosa.

            But the trend I am seeing is infielders who can play OF. I think they will go north with just Sweeney, Lake, Schierholtz and Ruggiano to start the year. Using the extra spot most likely for an 8th bullpen arm.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I agree with the outfielders except I would add another outfielder to go North as well and he can and has also played some infield, Vitters. They need a RH bat to spell Rizzo every once in awhile against the tough southpaws(Kershaw), just my opinion though.
            They have a good surplus of arms for the pen though and it is nice to see.

  • Richard Hood

    I have loved the discussion here the last couple days. It is good to actually talk about Baseball with people that truly love the game. Hopefully I will have more time this year to stick around than the last couple.

    • cubtex

      good to have you back

  • Richard Hood

    Is this the time to see if the Jays are interested in Barney and Shark to get the return that they seem to have their eye on?

    • daverj

      Worth checking in with them (I’m sure the Cubs are doing that), but I don’t think the Jays will meet the Cubs asking price.

  • cubtex

    Good conversation today. Time to be productive. Enjoy the day!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    oh no! This means Barney is a goner…what will Shark think?

    Don’t worry, he will be sure to let every reporter in a 100 mile radius know exactly how he feels about it…cause he is a vocal leader like Kerry Wood, but without any notable success in his career yet.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I am of the thought that if the organization goes North with Barney as their second baseman he will get boo’d much like Marmol was at the beginning of this last season.
      So yes I believe Barney will be finding a new home before ST ends.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        He comes off as such a nice guy…but I could see some frustration turn to boos if he is hitting .125 after a month.

        He is just another guy I don’t want to hear from until he produces. All that talk last year about bulking up and it made things worse. I only want to hear from Junior Lake, any productive pitchers, and Rizzo. Everyone else can just stay quiet until they put up respectable numbers for a whole half please. Thank you!

        • TheWrongGuy

          Barney has a great, great glove. No one I think argues that. He just has ZERO bat. And his glove will ONLY carry him so far.

          • Richard Hood

            Yep it could carry him all the way to Toronto to DP combo with Reyes. Now that would be a sick combo up the middle.

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