You probably think I was avoiding posting this news on purpose:
#Cubs announce sign Emilio Bonifacio and he will be in camp as non roster invitee— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 15, 2014
I just saw this move as kind of pointless. The Cubs have players in camp already (Ryan Roberts, Chris Valaika) who can do what Bonifacio can do. Bonifacio's best year was 2011 with the Marlins, when he hit .296/.360/.393 with 40 stolen bases in 51 attempts. Even that produced just a 107 OPS+, a bit above average, and last year, split between the Blue Jays and Royals, he hit just .243/.295/.331, an OPS+ of 72, although he did manage 1.3 bWAR, half of which (0.6) was his defensive value.
I suppose Bonifacio's ability to play shortstop and his versatility are worth having in camp, and on a non-roster invite, he costs virtually nothing.
I'm sure BCBer elgato is rejoicing this afternoon.