In sports especially, admitting that you were wrong can be a very difficult pill to swallow. After sending Emilio Bonifacio elsewhere last season, this may be a lesson that Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is forced to deal with after realizing that his club is very thin at the second base position and is most definitely in need of an upgrade.
After struggling throughout 2013, Bonifacio has enjoyed a relatively hot start with the Chicago Cubs after having a brief stint with the Jays and an even shorter ride with the Kansas City Royals in 2013. In 123 plate appearances, the utility player is batting a very solid .321 with an impressive 10 stolen bases so far this season. If the Jays want to solidify themselves as contenders in 2014, they should consider making a swap with the Cubbies for the native of the Dominican Republic.
Not only would Bonifacio add stability up the middle of the diamond on defense, but he is a viable option in the outfield if Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera or Colby Rasmus were to go down with an injury. Moises Sierra only proved that he was very much not ready to play in the majors after having a less than stellar April with the Jays when filling in for Cabrera. Bonifacio has the ability to play all three positions in the outfield.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of Bonifacio’s possible return to Toronto is who he could be potentially be packaged with in a potential deal. The Cubs have made everyone well aware that Jeff Samardzija is very much available, and the Jays have been linked to the crafty pitcher in the past. He too is enjoying a great start to 2014, and one shouldn’t be surprised if Anthopoulos finally realizes that he needs to put his foot on the gas pedal if he wants to make his club a threat in the American League East. We all know that the Jays are in desperate need of help on the mound as well, and Samardzija would be their clear-cut ace if he here to dawn a Jays uniform.