San Francisco Giants: Under the radar free agent options

By Danny Vietti
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May 28, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (64) dives but can not make the play on a single by Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Jimmy Paredes (38) (not pictured) in the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Baltimore Orioles defeated Chicago White Sox 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

UTI Emilio Bonifacio

For the past year, I have been lobbying for San Francisco to find a way to acquire the speedy Bonifacio. Look, it is obvious that his numbers and production has dwindled the past couple seasons. However, constant injuries and the inability to find his role on his past two teams have played a huge part in his fall.

This past season Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox and then signed to a minor league deal by the Cubs where he finished with a slash line of .167/.198/.390. Yes, this is absolutely terrible, but he was only given 82 at-bats due to injuries.

It was not long ago (2 seasons ago to be exact) when Bonifacio had a batting average of .279 with a 1.4 WAR, while also playing every defensive position (excluding catcher and pitcher). The guy could play anywhere on any given day and was the ideal utility player.

Bonifacio can still add his speed and ability to play all positions, which is a need for any contending team. Due to his recent struggles, Bonifacio shouldn’t cost anymore than $1.5 million.

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