Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
2 months ago

Bonifacio was designated for assignment on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

This was a pretty easy call for the Braves, as Bonifacio was hitting .132/.150/.211 in 38 at-bats this season. His days as a useful contributor in the big leagues are almost certainly over at this point.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
2 months ago

Bonifacio (illness) recorded a sacrifice fly in a pinch hit appearance Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Bonifacio was unavailable Tuesday due to flu-like symptoms, but looked to be back in his regular role Wednesday after picking up an RBI in the 8-4 victory. He hasn't made a start since May 10, and is 2-for-18 as a pinch hitter this season.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
2 months ago

Bonifacio is will not be available Tuesday against the Blue Jays because he is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bonifacio was even told to stay back at the hotel in case he's contagious. He has mainly been used as a pinch hitter recently, and given he's batting just .179 this season, it won't be much of a loss for the Braves. It's unclear how long the illness will keep him away from the team, though more should be known before Wednesday's contest.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
3 months ago

Bonifacio has two hits in 18 at-bats to begin 2017.

EDGE Analysis

Bonifacio sees the bulk of his playing time as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement during the late innings of ballgames. Once a threat on the basepaths, the 32-year-old stole only two bases over the previous two seasons. In 2016, Bonifacio hit .211 over 43 plate appearances.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
4 months ago

The Braves selected Bonifacio's contract from the minors Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

It was revealed days earlier that Bonifacio won an Opening Day gig, so his addition to the 40-man roster was merely a procedural move. Bonifacio is expected to serve in a depth role in the outfield and at second base, likely offering most of his value as a pinch runner off the bench.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
4 months ago

Bonifacio has been told he will make the Opening Day roster, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran utility man hasn't officially been added to the 40-man roster yet, but Bonifacio seemed assured of a job after Micah Johnson (wrist) got hurt, leaving the Braves without any other viable options in camp to handle center field behind Ender Inciarte. Bonifacio's playing time will likely be limited, but if he does work his way into the starting lineup he could become a cheap source of steals.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
5 months ago

Bonifacio got the start in center field for Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.

EDGE Analysis

He's now hitting a cool .300 (6-for-20) on the spring while his main competition for a bench spot, Micah Johnson, saw his average tumble to .233 (7-for-30) after he went 0-for-4 on Saturday with two strikeouts. Bonifacio would seem to be in the lead for the fourth outfielder role, and while he hasn't seen much time in the majors since 2014, he did steal 26 bases in 110 games that season. If he wins the job, the 31-year-old could be worth a look as a late-round or reserve pick if you're in need of some extra speed.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
5 months ago

Bonifacio is likely competing with Micah Johnson for the final spot on the Braves' bench, Mike Nabors of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

He has more experience in the outfield and as a utility player, which could give him an edge over Johnson, but Bonifacio's also off to a better start at the plate this spring, hitting .267 (4-for-15) so far. Whichever player wins the job isn't likely to see much playing time, though, greatly limiting their fantasy value.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
5 months ago

Bonifacio went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

He replaced Nick Markakis in right field before shifting over to left later in the game, and it's that versatility that gives Bonifacio an edge when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench. Of course, if the 31-year-old continues to hit like this during the spring, it'll make the front office's decision that much easier.

Emilio Bonifacio
LF FA
5 months ago

Bonifacio's experience in the outfield could give him an advantage when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench this spring.

EDGE Analysis

As it currently stands, Atlanta only has three outfielders on their 40-man roster -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis -- so they'll be looking for depth during spring training. Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud are considered the primary options to win utility roles, but they've seen action in the outfield in a combined 29 big league games between them. Bonifacio, on the other hand, played 65 games in center field as recently as 2014. That resume could win him the fourth outfielder role coming out of camp, and the 31-year-old's 37 steals in 107 games at Triple-A last year would then make him an intriguing stash in deep NL-only leagues.