The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams that have inquired on Emilio Bonifacio, according to Joel Sherman.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014
Sherman mentions that the Cubs could also move a lefty reliever. The Pirates have been looking at lefty relievers, so it would make sense if they’re in on that as well.
As far as Bonifacio, he’s owed $2.5 M this year, and is a two month rental. It’s hard to see why the Pirates would need him. He’s a super utility player, but they have that with Josh Harrison. He could fill the role of a backup middle infielder, which is a position they’ve been looking at. Or maybe this is just to make sure he doesn’t destroy the Pirates every time he plays them. He’s having a career year, so it’s hard to determine his value. Using the inflated trade value prices for this market, he’d be worth a young Grade C pitching prospect based on a 1.0 WAR. He’s exceeded that already this year, although his numbers over the last few years justify the lower value.
UPDATE 1:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal says the Pirates were one of the teams in on Bonifacio at the start of the day.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2014