By Steven Inman
Former Met killer Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals this weekend. The 28-year old speedster was due to make $3.5 million. The Royals now have 10 days to trade him. If they can’t find a taker for his salary he will be released. That’s where the New York Mets can come into play.
Mets fans are well aware of how good Bonifacio was when he was a Marlin. Last year Bonifacio struggled, getting traded from the Blue Jays to the Royals over the summer. He definitely will not cost all that much.
He would be a terrific fit for the Mets as he brings the team a lot of speed. Other than Eric Young Jr. the Mets don’t really have a major stolen base threat on roster. Stolen bases were the Mets identity when they were going well a couple of years ago.
What makes Bonifacio valuable is he can play all over the diamond. He can play all three outfield positions along with shortstop, second base and third base. The key is Bonifacio can play shortstop, which would likely kick Omar Quintanilla off the 25-man roster.
Bonifacio doesn’t have to play every day to be effective. Just the opposite actually, as the Mets really could use another hitter or two for their bench and a utility man like Bonifacio could get 300 at bats all over the field. The Mets don’t really have a lot of guys who can play multiple positions so Bonifacio would fit very well on this current Mets roster.