He signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.
Dang it!!! I'm ok... I just gotta walk it off.
$2.925M as a replacement cost at the utility spot for Jamey Caroll's $3.75M from last year, without giving up a prospect, would have represented a good value for the Twins. Too bad the Twins didn't pursue this a little more aggressively.
On the bright side, maybe this means that they are hoping that Buxton, and possibly Santana are closer than we think, and might prove themselves ready for a call-up after the All Star break?
The manager of the Cubs Rick Rienteria gave Bonafacio the ringing endorsement of "he doesn't hurt us". Bonafacio will probably be stashed in the minors untill one of the prospects falls flat. Not a bad idea for the Cubs. Not a good one for Bonafacio unless his agent figures on the prospects falling flat. Maybe the Cubs figure figure they can hold onto him and get a prospect forr him like they did with Borbon.
Yes, he's signed as an insurance policy with potential underlying value on a team that will have prospects playing at multiple positions and many of whom may need to be spelled or optioned back to AAA. Kind of exactly the same situation that the Twins are in. And a cheaper insurance policy than Jamey Carroll was in 2013. And if they get an offer for Darwin Barney, they have someone they can plug in immediately. It sounded like there were 8 or 9 clubs interested with multiple offers, and this one was chosen as it may give Bonifacio the best chance to stick in the majors, and possibly get traded to a contender if/when the need should arise.
The Cubs didn't get a prospect for Borbon, although they do employ that strategy as a matter of routine. The Orioles took Borbon away from the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft. They also frequently look to seek value from fringe players- look what they got for Danny Valencia.
9 some pages into this thread you finally acnowledge that Bonafacio now is not a major league quality player.
You missed th point. When Borbon was picked up by the Cubs it was said that they could flip him for a prospect. If the Cubs were anticipting Bonafacio to be an asset, they ouht to remeber what they gt for Borbon.
Baltimore got a 28 year old outfielder with 400 plate appearances in the big league. Lst year he had a lessthan league average OPS for outfielders. e did get one vote in the rookie of the year balloting, which probably means the KC writer with a vote gave it to him.
One note on this thread: My last point is often used when the Twins do sign an aging veteran stop gap, like Bartlett, as an argument that they should not have signed said player. In this case, the self same posters are dismissing it out of hand as somehow not relevant. It makes me think that their opinion starts with being negative of whatever decision or non-decision the Twins brass make and trying to fill in the argument for their opinion with cherry picked data.
I looked at the data and immediately thought he wasn't worth it. In Bartlett's case, he has actually been significantly above replacement level for long stretches of his career. So, if he can get back there, he is a clear upgrade. If not, they lose nothing. In Bonifacio's case, one year does not a career make. For him to get back to his career average is not a clear upgrade for any of the other candidates already in the system. And, it turns out, if he fails, they lose some dollars that might come in handy down the road.
Yet under performers kept playing everyday because no one could take their place. Bono could have played a role like that.
We were a one dimensional team (power) that did not get that dimension. It was station to station baseball while Brian Dozier led the the team in home runs. No power... No speed and you can't win the close game and winning the close game is how improvement toward .500 happens.
I'm ok with Bartlett but I was more OK with Bonofacio because his skill set was a bigger need for the current Twins. Backup 3B CF Leadoff skills and Speed. Moveable when Sano comes up... Moveable when Hicks comes up... Easily cut when they all come up.
However... I trust Twins management... My vision very rarely matches up with anyone else's... Let alone the Twins Front office and I do not think the Twins are goofballs for not executing what is in my head. Nor do I think anyone else on TD is a goofball for not seeing what I think.
I thought he was a perfect insurance policy for Plouffe not hitting homers and playing like a Pylon at 3B and insurance for Presley struggling in CF... Plus a great Corner OF defensive replacement for Hammer, Kubel or Arcia with a late lead or a Pinch running option when trailing late in games. I can't think of anyone who can plug all those holes and we have all those holes.
The Cubs are going to love him. They just signed a backup for Lake, Ruggiano, Valbuena, Barney and even Castro.
Some people accuse others of being negative all the time, for disagreeing with a particular move......maybe people see this guy as having multiple positional value, on a team with question marks everywhere but 1B, and see Barlett as having 1 position. Maybe it is possible to disagree with the Twins, and not somehow be bad/wrong/evil.
Perhaps we could just dispense with the attacks on posters all together, and talk about the decisions being made.
Bartlett was signed as an insurance policy in case Floriman does not improve and Jason looks like there is still some gas in the tank(unlikely). This is the type of no cost signings many teams do, we can still hope Santana can get here next year or that Polanco or Dozier can play SS when Rosario comes up. Do not need to spend dollars for a one year possible improvement.