Emilio Bonifacio has been the subject of most of the recent Chicago Cubs trade rumors and a resolution appear to be coming today on trade deadline day.
Bonifacio was not in the Cubs’ lineup on Wednesday and chances are that the outfielder has indeed played his last game with the Cubs. While speaking after the game, Cubs’ manager Rick Renteria indicated that Bonifacio was in a holding pattern while the front office tried to workout a trade involving him.
A trade of Bonifacio is indeed close.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the chances of Bonifacio being traded before the trade deadline this afternoon are highly likely. Gonzales cites sources in saying that the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants are favorites to acquire Bonifacio.
On Wednesday, the Giants were reported to have released second baseman Dan Uggla though the team has yet to confirm the move. The releasing of Uggla may be an indicator that the Giants are anticipating an acquisition of Bonifacio.
If Bonifacio were to be dealt to the Royals, that would bring the outfielder’s season full-circle. The Cubs acquired Bonifacio after the Royals made a budget-driven decision to release the outfielder this winter.
Bonifacio being traded would certainly open the possibility of the Cubs’ promoting Javier Baez to the Major League level.