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#1 ScottyB

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:29 AM

Bonifacio was DFA'd on Saturday by the Royals. As I recall his name was brought up before, but now that he's available I think we should take a look at him seriously. I think he's a much better alternative as a fourth outfielder (who can play all 3 spots and has the ability to play 2B, 3B and even SS in a pinch), than Mastro. He's got more versatility and probably better speed and the ability to steal a base and disrupt on the basepaths the way Mastro did two years ago. Mastro wasn't the ballplayer last year that he was before injury. I like Bonifacio's versatility and with a shallow bench having another switch hitter who is capable of filling in for long stretches is critical. He's a little spendy at a little over $3M, but we have the cash to spend and could pick him up cheap.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:40 AM

Yeah, I'm a fan of him as a super utility guy. He was terrible in Toronto last year but a .358 OBP after his move to KC and marks of .360 and .330 the previous two seasons. That's quite an upgrade to the 4th OF/MI options this team normally runs out there.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

Not to mention 30 and 28 SB's the last 2 years in pretty limited action and 40 the year before in a full season.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

Not to mention 30 and 28 SB's the last 2 years in pretty limited action and 40 the year before in a full season.


I wonder how he is regarded at SS, because his bat would be an upgrade over Florimon. If not, hard to see how he is not an upgrade over Mastro/Escobar.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:12 AM

I wonder how he is regarded at SS, because his bat would be an upgrade over Florimon. If not, hard to see how he is not an upgrade over Mastro/Escobar.


He's seen very limited time at SS, mostly 2009-2011. Fewer than 100 games, and not a great fielder. Better at CF and 2B. I'd keep both him and Escobar.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:20 AM

I wonder how he is regarded at SS, because his bat would be an upgrade over Florimon. If not, hard to see how he is not an upgrade over Mastro/Escobar.


DRS and UZR are in agreement almost across the board. 2B and LF/RF are his best positions and he's been roughly average or just above there. He's been average at 3B, but hasn't done particularly well at SS and CF. Definitely passable there as a backup, but probably not starter-quality defense.

I do agree that he could combine Mastro and Escobar into one person though, leaving an extra roster spot for a bench bat or option-less pitcher.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 11:57 AM

$3MM for a utility player? Whew! I don't see it. Plus, if he is as good as advertised, the Twins would have competition to sign him--an even higher price. It would make more sense to either buy a proven starter at market price or promote from within and hope for the best--stop compromising! Get a quality player or gamble that a rookie can grow into one.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:11 PM

What makes you think it will cost $3MM to get him, once he is totally free? And, why not? What else will they do with the $3MM?

What proven starter do you suggest they buy instead?

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:34 PM

Certainly someone to consider. Other than his time with Toronto last year, I think he'd be solid as a fill in at 2B, 3B and OF, and would have value as a pinch runner on days he wasn't in the starting lineup. Kick the tires.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:56 PM

If Bonifacio is good at 3B, then I would sign him to play every day at 3B until Sano, and create a Plouffe-Kubel platoon in right.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 12:57 PM

Definitely worth asking about him... There certainly will be competition for him. I would almost guess that the Royals will be able to trade him. But he can play 6-7 positions, so worth considering.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:03 PM

If we are looking for someone to play an elite OF/3B/2B and very above average SS, why don't we just bring in Mark DeRosa?
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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:15 PM

How is his attitude? Does he "get after it" and "play the game the right way"? Those are the only things worth considering.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

How is his attitude? Does he "get after it" and "play the game the right way"? Those are the only things worth considering.


Hmmm… you might be right. And come to think of it, I really can't figure out a good nickname for him either.

I guess I'll pass. :-)

I still like the idea of platooning Plouffie and Kubes in right, though.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 03:24 PM

Bonifacio is a career 79 OPS+ hitter, which I guess is an upgrade over Florimon's 70 (or Escobar's 74) last year. He isn't a standout defensively -- his best position looks like 2B, and he looks worse than Florimon at SS. His biggest offensive skill seems to be stolen bases, but he hasn't added a ton of value by that method -- maybe half a win per full season?

Escobar is apparently out of options -- would you swap him for Bonifacio, and at what cost? $1 million? $2 million?

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:24 PM

How about using him to replace Alex Presley on the 25-man roster? If Aaron Hicks pushes him to the bench, you then have a super utility player.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:26 PM

Escobar is apparently out of options -- would you swap him for Bonifacio, and at what cost? $1 million? $2 million?


I would because you actually get to swap him for Escobar and Mastroianni opening up a bench spot for a extra bat. Also like Escobar he's a switch hitter which is nice.

His OPS stinks outside of 2011, but if you take out his time in Toronto he is able to get on base at an above average mark which is something the Twins have been lacking in these kind of role players.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 04:38 PM

Maybe the Twins should offer Diamond or a different player out of options for him and maybe you could get KC to throw in some cash in the deal as well.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 05:48 PM

The twins aren't in need of bench plaers--they need regular starters! Acquire players who are starters now or use your prospects and develop them to be your team of the future.

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 06:36 PM

If Bonaficio is good enough to start some games at third, second, short and center, he could be a 10th regular. A guy who could maybe start 20 games at second and 40 at third against RH pitching, and start against LH at center, short, and left could get 500 plate appearances. Sort of a poor-man's Tony Phillips. I don't know if he is a good enough hitter or good enough at short and center to be considered for such a role, but if he's adequate in the field and better with the stick than Plouffe or Dozier hitting LH and Florimon and Presley hitting RH, then go get him. Adding a base-stealing threat and potential lead-off hitter would be a bonus.