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Bonifácio with the Chicago White Sox
|Born: April 23, 1985|
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|September 2, 2007, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2017 season)
|Runs batted in||165|
Emilio José Bonifácio Del Rosario (born April 23, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball utility player who is currently a free agent. He previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida/Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Primarily a second baseman and center fielder throughout his career, Bonifácio has also played shortstop and third base.
He played in his first Major League game on September 2, 2007, when he was called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bonifácio was called up to the majors (he played for the South Bend Silver Hawks before he entered the majors). the Nationals on August 1, along with fellow middle infielder Alberto González. Bonifácio went 1 for 4, with an RBI, run, and a stolen base.
On November 11, 2008, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for left fielder Josh Willingham and pitcher Scott Olsen. On March 31, 2009, the Marlins announced that he would be their starting third baseman for the season. Bonifácio hit his first home run on April 6, 2009, an inside-the-park home run on opening day against the Washington Nationals. This home run marked the first time in forty-one years that an inside-the-park home run was hit on Opening Day; the last being hit in 1968 by Carl Yastrzemski.
On May 1, 2011, he hit his first outside the park home run, in a game against the Cincinnati Reds.
During the beginning of the 2012 season, Bonifácio led the major league in stolen bases, was safe in his first 20 attempts. However, on May 21, he was placed on the disabled list after injuring his left thumb trying to steal second base; it was the first time he was caught stealing. Although he was placed on a 15-day DL, he was expected to miss at least 4–6 weeks. Bonifácio was activated on July 13, and replaced teammate Giancarlo Stanton, who went to the disabled list after having surgery on his right knee. He returned to the lineup against the Washington Nationals and went 0-3. On September 4, 2012, Bonifácio was knocked out for the rest of the 2012 season due to a right knee sprain.
On November 19, 2012, Bonifácio was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Mark Buehrle, in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino. On January 18, 2013, it was announced that the Blue Jays had avoided arbitration with Bonifácio, signing him to a one-year contract worth $2.6 million. Bonifácio opened the season as Toronto's second baseman, but he also got time in the outfield at the start of the season, mainly when Maicer Izturis, the opening day third baseman, would play second base. Through April, Izturis had more starts at second base than Bonifácio. After the Opening Day shortstop José Reyes was injured and replacement Munenori Kawasaki struggled, Izturis got more time at shortstop, giving Bonifácio the bulk of the starts at second base in May and June, with Mark DeRosa also getting starts at second. Bonifácio was used more off the bench in July after slumping to a .203 start with 51 strikeouts through the first 3 months of the season. He was used at left field more when Melky Cabrera hurt his knee on August 1, and he also got time at center field when Colby Rasmus hurt his oblique on August 11. In 94 games with the Blue Jays, he hit .218 with 3 HR, 20 RBI and 66 strikeouts.
On August 14, 2013, Bonifácio was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. Bonifácio recorded his 500th career hit on August 17, 2013. Bonifácio was used mostly at second base with the Royals in 2013, but also saw time at third base and center field. In 42 games with the Royals in 2013, he hit .285 with 8 XBH, 11 RBI and 21 runs. Overall in 2013 (136 games), he hit .243 with 3 HR, 31 RBI, 54 runs, 103 strikeouts. Due to Bonifácio's outstanding speed in 2013, Emilio stole 28 bases in 36 attempts. He was designated for assignment on February 1, 2014, and released on February 12.
Bonifácio was signed to a minor league contract by the Chicago Cubs on February 15, 2014. On March 30, 2014, the Cubs announced that he had made the opening day roster. Bonifácio hit his first home run as a Cub on June 7, snapping the longest homer-less streak of any active player, excluding pitchers.
On January 8, 2015, Bonifácio signed a one-year, $4 million, contract with the Chicago White Sox. He was placed on the disabled list on July 29, and reinstated on August 14. Bonifácio was designated for assignment on August 16, 2015 and released two days later. In 2015 with the White Sox he batted .167/.198/.192 in 78 at bats.
On August 25, 2015, Bonifácio signed a minor league contract to return to the Cubs.
On December 18, 2015, Bonifácio signed a one-year contract worth $1.25 million to return to the Atlanta Braves. The team designated him for assignment on April 2, 2016, and he was officially released on April 6. The Braves resigned Bonifácio to a minor league contract on April 10, 2016. The Braves purchased his contract on May 1. However, Bonifácio was not eligible for a call up until May 7, as Major League Baseball ruled that the team had to wait 30 days after Bonifacio's release date of April 6 to recall him. Bonifácio was designated him for assignment for the second time on July 7. In 2016 with the Braves he batted .211/.268/.211 in 38 at bats. In December 2016, Bonifácio signed a new minor league contract with the Braves organization.
In 2017 with the Braves, Bonifácio batted .132/.150/.211 in 38 at bats. He was designated for assignment on June 2, 2017 and released on June 6.
On January 28, 2019, Bonifácio signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that included an invitation to spring training. He was released on March 29, 2019, but re-signed to another minor league deal on April 3. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.
On January 28, 2020, Bonifácio signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals. On July 23, it was announced that Bonifacio had been selected to the 40-man roster. On August 6, Bonifácio was designated for assignment. On August 7, he was outrighted and elected free agency on August 8, 2020.
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