By Jacob Kornhauser on July 30, 2014
After Cubs utility man Emilio Bonifacio proved he was healthy coming off an oblique injury, he's expected to be traded very soon. There are several teams reportedly interested in the speedy and versatile Bonifacio and here are five destinations that would suit both he and the team the best.
The Mariners are slowly slipping in the AL as they've given up their lead on the second Wild Card spot. In order to climb back into the race, they need to lengthen their lineup. If they acquired Bonifacio, they could play him almost anywhere in the field while having him provide depth in the lineup.
While their top priority should be adding pitching, the Braves could also use a guy like Bonifacio at the deadline. They don't have much room in their infield, but he could settle in at second base and provide an extra bat in a lineup that has underachieved for large portions of 2014.
The Orioles are leading the AL East and certainly want to stay in that position. Adding Bonifacio would give them versatility in the lineup that they don't currently have. Most contending teams are interested in adding a guy like that at the deadline and that should be no different for Baltimore in the next day or so.
Even though they are division rivals with the Cubs, the Reds could piece together a deal for Bonifacio. Since he's not a superstar, the Cubs shouldn't be reluctant to deal their utility man to a divisional foe this season, especially if the return they get is sizable.
Losers of six-straight games and slipping in the NL West race, the Giants are a desperate team. While they're very much alive in the division and the Wild Card, they need to make some additions if they hope to be playing in the postseason. Already with a deep lineup, the Giants could use Bonifacio to provide lineup depth and versatility. Down the stretch, that could be the difference between them making the playoffs and watching them at home.
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