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Pirates Have Inquired on Emilio Bonifacio

Pirates Have Inquired on Emilio Bonifacio

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams that have inquired on Emilio Bonifacio, according to Joel Sherman.

https://twitter.com/Joelsherman1/status/494866148190871552

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...

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