Brian Cashman noted at Masahiro Tanaka‘s press conference yesterday that the Yankees still have holes to fill at second and third base, but has also said in the recent weeks that he doesn’t foresee the Yankees making anymore big moves.
Emilio Bonifacio was recently designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals, and quickly became a name of topic among Yankees fans and bloggers.
But not so fast, he doesn’t seem to be an option any longer.
The Yankees have shown no interest at all in the utility infielder, his agent, Paul Kinzer, told PinstripeAlley.com. Bonifacio was placed on waivers ten days ago by KC, and will become a free-agent if not claimed by 2 p.m. tomorrow.
If he makes it through waivers, the Royals will pay him the league minimum, while his new team will be on the hook for the rest of his $3.5 million 2014 salary.
The Yankees could always make a call to his agent once he becomes a free-agent, but as of right now, that doesn’t seem to be happening, even with the pressing needs that Cashman has acknowledged.
While he’s not a great player, Bonifacio could help the Yankees on the base paths with his speed and off of the bench. Being able to play around the infield could also come in handy. The infield options aren’t great with camp close to opening up. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to throw him into the second base mix with Brian Roberts, Dean Anna and maybe even Scott Sizemore.