May 13, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
2B/SS/3B/OF Emilio Bonifacio
Guys like Ben Zobrist and Bonifacio are often underrated even though they can play almost every position on the field (and well). These guys are hard to find. No, these swiss army knifes are not going to be All-Stars or win Silver Slugger Awards, but they are going to do whatever the manager asks of them and fill in at any position when a player gets injured or is struggling.
Bonifacio is far from a five-tool player, but he can provide a little bit of everything.
Bonifacio signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the White Sox this past offseason, and it includes a club option for the 2016 season. In other words, if it doesn’t work out with the team, he can be a free agent. This is a win-win situation for the Giants. Emilio would add some speed and defense to that team, and would not be paid a whole lot to do it.
All of these players on the list have their downfalls, but all could prove to be the difference between the Giants losing in the NLDS or making it back to the World Series for the fourth time in six years.