Looking to add some depth to their Major League club, the Chicago White Sox have acquired free agent utility player Emilio Bonifacio on Monday morning.
The deal will pay Bonifacio $3 million in 2015 and give the club a $1 million buyout or 2016 option at the end of the season. Bonifacio, 29, has bounced around the Major Leagues, playing for seven different MLB teams in eight seasons. Bonifacio spent the majority of his 2014 playing with Chicago’s North Side team, the Cubs, before being dealt to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline.
Bonifacio fills a need on the White Sox, as the team was looking for a utility player that can play both in the infield and outfield. Filling both spots adequately in 2014, Bonifacio appeared in 73 games in the outfield, as well as 31 at second, four games at shortstop, and seven games at third. The utility player has a .970 career fielding percentage, while taking part in 191 double plays and assisting on another 902 plays.
Carrying a .262/.319/.341 slash line in his 772 game Major League career, Bonifacio has registered 643 hits that included: 92 doubles, 32 triples, and 13 home runs. The Dominican Republic native has also driven in 165 runs, while scoring another 342.