Emilio Bonifacio would be a very good fit for the Mets

Posted: February 2, 2014 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

The Mets were never able to handle Bonifacio when he was a Marlin

The Mets were never able to handle Bonifacio when he was a Marlin

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.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – While I have read other Mets blogs say the opposite of what you are saying, O agree with you. Bonifacio did well as a Marlin vs. the Mets. There is no reason why he can’t do well again as a Met vs. the Marlins. He is fast, athletic and can play multiple position. He could also stretch singles into doubles, doubles into triples and score from fit it the right situation as well as go from first to third with more regularity than most players. With Justin Turner gone Bonifacio could serve as his replacement. I would not have a problem with the Mets signing him unless with the payroll already around 89 million, Sandy is done. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Bonifacio won’t cost much and the Mets bench is significantly worse going into the season with Justin Turner, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin all set to play elsewhere

  2. […] wrote about how the Mets should acquire Bonifacio here. I think he would be a much better option to play second, shortstop as well as the outfield over a […]

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