Cubs add Emilio Bonifacio to the mix


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The Cubs signed IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training over the weekend.

The 28-year-old has spent all or parts of the last seven seasons in the majors, splitting time between Toronto and Kansas City in 2013. Known for his versatility, Bonifacio has played regularly at six positions throughout his career. He made the majority of his appearances at second base last year but has also played third base, shortstop and all three outfield spots.

Career Appearances/Starts:
2B: 165/143
3B: 134/121
CF: 110/92
SS: 97/81
LF: 66/46
RF: 28/20

Offensively, Bonifacio is a career .262/.322/.340 (AVG/OBP/SLG) hitter who could prove to be a threat on the basepaths. Last season, he stole 28 bases while hitting .243 with three home runs and 22 doubles. The switch-hitter’s finest season came in 2011, when he batted .296 with five home runs, 26 doubles, 78 runs scored and 40 stolen bases (second in the NL) in 152 games.

Stolen Bases:
2007: 0
2008: 7
2009: 21
2010: 12
2011: 40
2012: 30
2013: 28

Bonifacio could push for an Opening Day bench spot, with his defensive versatility and speed proving valuable in the later innings.

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