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#1 jb_power

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 12:37 PM

Cubbies signed Bonifacio to a minor league contract with ST invite.

I could see him getting a lot of playing time between 2B, 3B and OF.  Good utility guy for daily leagues.

One worry is the eventual callups of Baez, Bryant, etc would obviously cut into his opportunities for playing time.  Shouldn't be a concern until June at the earliest.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:18 PM

Not sure how his defense profiles, but this could be a great signing for Chicago given the price.  I'd expect he may get a long look at 2B and 3B, considering Valbuena, Barney, and Olt didn't exactly tear it up last year.

For fantasy, the best part is they'll probably let him run wild in Chicago.  He may not play everyday, but I'd bet he comes close to it.

I've always been a fan… glad he found somewhere he can actually get some run.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 01:36 PM

I'll be interested to see how much time, if any, they give him. Other than 2011, he's had 1 career WAR. And no matter how he performs, he'll have no trade value in this day and age of advanced metrics. I suppose he could be used as a placeholder for the prospects. He's a great player for a tanking squad.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 03:19 PM

He will be a fairly useful utility guy and effective innings eater until chicago's prospects get the call. Perfect fit for the cubbies

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 04:12 PM

View Postwilliam.a.aloia, on 15 February 2014 - 03:19 PM, said:

He will be a fairly useful utility guy and effective innings eater until chicago's prospects get the call. Perfect fit for the cubbies

That's what I was thinking.  Short term a number of ABs.  Past June?  Not good to own for me.  He's the stand-in until the leads arrive on stage.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

We have no idea when or if Baez and Bryant will be up.  I actually don't think we see either one until August or September if at all this year.

As for Boni, he's not taking at bats for Barney due to defense.  Third is a possibility but I'm sure the Cubs want Olt to take the job.  Who's slated in left and center right now?  I'm thinking center is his best bet since Jackson can't hit.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:00 PM

RW lineup projections have Lake then Ruggiano in Center. Might have a better chance in left with Sweeney, though how much of an upgrade Boni would be is anyone's guess.

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 04:51 AM

I like the fact that he signed with cubs. Seems like the kind of decision that says he wants to play, and not just get a paycheck(right now). He's young enough that a good year could get him another multi-year contract.

Appears that was his goal considering he's got a lot of places to get AB's.
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 11:16 AM

View Postmavsfan23, on 16 February 2014 - 04:51 AM, said:

I like the fact that he signed with cubs. Seems like the kind of decision that says he wants to play, and not just get a paycheck(right now). He's young enough that a good year could get him another multi-year contract.

Appears that was his goal considering he's got a lot of places to get AB's.

To be fair, I'm sure if he got a major league deal from anyone for more money he would have accepted.
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:41 PM

Well this went completely under my nose.
I had completely forgotten about him after KC released or DFA/waived him, whatever happened there I guess. Was watching the Cubs spring training game a bit earlier and he lead-off and hit a standup triple. Guy flew to 3B. I know this is spring training, and even stuff like Reddick's insane catches shouldn't be taken as seriously as if we were in the regular season.... that said, it was nice to see he has his wheels back under him. He does not look to be running with restriction at all.

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Cubs signed INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract.
He will receive an invitation to spring training as well. It's unclear how he'll be utilized in Chicago, but the speedy 28-year-old could find plenty of at-bats at third base, second base or center field, and represents a tremendous source of speed in fantasy leagues if he finds regular playing time. Feb 15 - 12:17 PM

2B and CF should both be places he can play regularly enough, and 3B is a place he can slot in as well. Should an injury strike in center or at 2nd and he does make the team he could slide in and hold a lot of value based on his speed.... didn't he lead the league in 2012, or at least the NL anyway? (In stolen bases.)

With the speed seeming to be back he's worth watching for that alone. If he makes the roster he should be able to find a way to play or run enough to make an impact in fantasy leagues at a $1 price- literally. On that team and if he begins the year on the bench or as the UTL man, it will probably keep people very modest. I wouldn't underestimate himself playing his way into 400+ AB though- and I'd put his ceiling higher on that team.... really.

NL and deeper leagues should keep an eye on his situation and guys like Junior Lake and Darwin Barney in chance of injury or something. Boni could turn into a very the cheap source of speed if the timing is right.
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 07:20 AM

He'd be fairly valuable if he could get 3b eligibility.  Most 2b are two trick ponies anyways...
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:48 PM

I like it that he has OF eligibility already. That way one can draft him late as a 2B backup and if he pans out still play him pretty frequently as a substitute (at least in daily leagues) in the OF (especially in 4 or 5 OF leagues) when other OFs are off/injured/rested. If he can get 3B added as well, even better.

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:41 PM

3B eligibility relies directly on Mike Olt. They'll sit Luis Valbuena for games but if Olt starts hitting well i have a hard time beliving the Cubs will want to sit a still relatively young and potentially impact player.
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 05:22 AM

I have a hard time believing Olt is staying in the fold unless the Cubs plan to try to move him to left.

He could be used in a swap, I think. And if he gets off to a rough start, I don't think the Cubs would want to overexpose him to the entire league (or any weaknesses he may be displaying or bad habits he could be picking up, for instance).

I still like Mike Olt but do not see any way he will fit in this year unless he can find himself playing 2-3 positions, or Left and Right regularly, and I simply don't even know if he is capable of that- let alone if he will hit his weight worth playing...

Olt is an interesting piece to have, and in a system like the Cubs' he can become an afterthought pretty fast. But if anybody saw one of Bryant's AB today (and I will keep it at this much, since I know this is minor league forum material....), they would know that this kid is legitimate and has the best shot to be a full-time 3B or settle in there this year if anyone will (and do so successfully, playing everyday). It just may be delayed because of arby and all of that. But he worked a count and hit a BOMB to dead center today... I don't like jumping on prospects because they'll break your heart, but 3B is so crowded for the Cubs', I simply think Boni can pick up time as a late-innings pinch runner every now and then or early in the season if Olt doesn't crack camp or gets dealt (which I could see happening for sure- possibly a throw-in if a Samardzija trade is worked to obtain a better haul? I just don't see him fitting in long-term unless he platoons w/ Rizzo or something once Bryant is up for good, barring a move to LF).

Boni has a few things working for him:
- they're the Cubs and there's bound to be somewhere for him to slot in, and his utility status doesn't hurt
- they're the Cubs and have little speed on that current roster.... they're the Cubs can start any one of these, so let's just cut that bit now
- 2B and CF is where he should play the most if you ask me (and I have heard 2B the most...FWIW, living in Chicago & reading the papers/etc.), but I have heard they want to utilize him (not sure if this was a direct quote from Theo or Hoyer or what, but I had heard it "relayed" by someone on a show) in a Chone Figgins role, when Figgins was playing all over the diamond in his last (I believe?) season w/ Anaheim before getting paid by SEA.

If that does in fact happen and isn't just talk, and seeing as how they have question marks as to players keeping their job at nearly every position with exception for 1B, SS, and C I guess, with a bevvy of MI prospects on the way up too. The thing is, I don't think the Cubs or any team with an abundance of MI prospects would want to start the clock ticking on a lot at once, so I personally believe Boni can hold nice value into July at the least if he gets off to a hot start (assuming he cracks the roster and word is he probably will, from what I have read and heard over the past 24hr alone....but it's a long spring).
The thing is, he is a definite trade candidate and he would be moved in an instant if he is having a nice year. I also heard the Cubs might consider using him as a leadoff hitter if he can prove to get on base enough, but again, this was in the same relayed stuff with talks of using him as a super-UTL ala Chone in his Anaheim days.

The guy is still what, 29? I think he could have a decent year and NL-Only teams should definitely be eyeballing him. 12+ leagues too, for that matter. As long as he can hit or keep his avg/obp above water, he'll run enough and play enough on this team to get a chance at least in the early going. All the hype about the prospects is going to result in a lot of disappointment, but I guess Olt and some of those guys are likelier to crack the roster and kind of forgotten about in the wake of the Baez and Bryant middle-infielders (or players of that caliber) in their minors. Olt feels like an odd man out to me though..one-trick pony I would personally look to package in a deal maybe. My .2

I would target Boni as a backup OF in leagues that don't require position specifics (i.e. LF, CF, RF...) since I think he should qualify there and 2B already. Does he qualify at SS? I don't think he played enough 3B to get there last season....
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 05:43 AM

View PostMilk Me, on 01 March 2014 - 05:22 AM, said:

I have a hard time believing Olt is staying in the fold unless the Cubs plan to try to move him to left.

He could be used in a swap, I think. And if he gets off to a rough start, I don't think the Cubs would want to overexpose him to the entire league (or any weaknesses he may be displaying or bad habits he could be picking up, for instance).

I still like Mike Olt but do not see any way he will fit in this year unless he can find himself playing 2-3 positions, or Left and Right regularly, and I simply don't even know if he is capable of that- let alone if he will hit his weight worth playing...

Olt is an interesting piece to have, and in a system like the Cubs' he can become an afterthought pretty fast. But if anybody saw one of Bryant's AB today (and I will keep it at this much, since I know this is minor league forum material....), they would know that this kid is legitimate and has the best shot to be a full-time 3B or settle in there this year if anyone will (and do so successfully, playing everyday). It just may be delayed because of arby and all of that. But he worked a count and hit a BOMB to dead center today... I don't like jumping on prospects because they'll break your heart, but 3B is so crowded for the Cubs', I simply think Boni can pick up time as a late-innings pinch runner every now and then or early in the season if Olt doesn't crack camp or gets dealt (which I could see happening for sure- possibly a throw-in if a Samardzija trade is worked to obtain a better haul? I just don't see him fitting in long-term unless he platoons w/ Rizzo or something once Bryant is up for good, barring a move to LF).

Boni has a few things working for him:
- they're the Cubs and there's bound to be somewhere for him to slot in, and his utility status doesn't hurt
- they're the Cubs and have little speed on that current roster.... they're the Cubs can start any one of these, so let's just cut that bit now
- 2B and CF is where he should play the most if you ask me (and I have heard 2B the most...FWIW, living in Chicago & reading the papers/etc.), but I have heard they want to utilize him (not sure if this was a direct quote from Theo or Hoyer or what, but I had heard it "relayed" by someone on a show) in a Chone Figgins role, when Figgins was playing all over the diamond in his last (I believe?) season w/ Anaheim before getting paid by SEA.

If that does in fact happen and isn't just talk, and seeing as how they have question marks as to players keeping their job at nearly every position with exception for 1B, SS, and C I guess, with a bevvy of MI prospects on the way up too. The thing is, I don't think the Cubs or any team with an abundance of MI prospects would want to start the clock ticking on a lot at once, so I personally believe Boni can hold nice value into July at the least if he gets off to a hot start (assuming he cracks the roster and word is he probably will, from what I have read and heard over the past 24hr alone....but it's a long spring).
The thing is, he is a definite trade candidate and he would be moved in an instant if he is having a nice year. I also heard the Cubs might consider using him as a leadoff hitter if he can prove to get on base enough, but again, this was in the same relayed stuff with talks of using him as a super-UTL ala Chone in his Anaheim days.

The guy is still what, 29? I think he could have a decent year and NL-Only teams should definitely be eyeballing him. 12+ leagues too, for that matter. As long as he can hit or keep his avg/obp above water, he'll run enough and play enough on this team to get a chance at least in the early going. All the hype about the prospects is going to result in a lot of disappointment, but I guess Olt and some of those guys are likelier to crack the roster and kind of forgotten about in the wake of the Baez and Bryant middle-infielders (or players of that caliber) in their minors. Olt feels like an odd man out to me though..one-trick pony I would personally look to package in a deal maybe. My .2

I would target Boni as a backup OF in leagues that don't require position specifics (i.e. LF, CF, RF...) since I think he should qualify there and 2B already. Does he qualify at SS? I don't think he played enough 3B to get there last season....

Great post.

And I saw that Bryant AB.  Very impressive.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 09:29 PM

Wasn't it? I was joking with my father earlier in the day when visiting with him and he commented on the Cubs having 5 hits to the other team's 12 or so, and losing.... he's an old timer now ans all of that and really a Yanks fan at heart (to which I decided to get us each bleacher tix for one of Jeter's sendoffs here this May... looking forward to that esp. given how cheap it was! :) )...... I jokingly said, "well, don't look at the score of TODAY'S game (15-3 vs. Angels but had that Bryant BOMB)... I had not seen any highlights or anything beforehand, though, just saw the score. When I saw Trout's bomb off McDonald I was disappointed if only because I was pulling for him hard to get the 5th slot over Arrieta since it looks like he's a bit behind the rest of the SP and Rusin has been pretty crappy, with McDonald having shown some untapped talent in Pittsburgh finally coming out 2 yrs ago....but anyway, he got bombed to that grand slam but when I saw Bryant's homerun? DAMN. That kid cannot possibly spend the entire year in the minors as far as I'm concerned.

The Cubs have a LOT of depth up the middle as well as the corners (or 3B anyway). In Olt's best case scenario if not dealt elsewhere, or a burnout-type of prospect (he kind of fits the mold, as much I hate to say it, with Vitters being a complete afterthought now basically.... Olt didn't have nearly the fanfare and without Texas' park to bat half of his games in, I simply don't see him being the projected prospect that some saw a few seasons ago- at least not in Chicago).

I say this thinking of Chris Davis as I type it, but Olt doesn't have "Davis power" to my knowledge, does he? Besides that what i was going to say is if he isn't moved to LF, or platooned in some way or another (perhaps playing vs LHP in place of Rizzo if he can't adept to hitting lefties a bit better? But I feel like Olt himself has issues vs. left-handers, without checking and just thinking off the top of my head...if someone can verify that?). I don't think he fits this team, but I do think if the cards are dealt right, he could find himself to hold some value at a point in time wen the Cubs could use a power bat or potential SP, or perhaps they're in the middle of a deal in sending someone away.... he would make a nice toss-in to get a better haul if needed. I don't write him off as a player as much as I just don't see it happening in Chicago.
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Posted 16 March 2014 - 10:52 PM

He gonna get any playing time to be worth a roster spot just for SBs?

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:31 AM

View PostFantasyFiend, on 16 March 2014 - 10:52 PM, said:

He gonna get any playing time to be worth a roster spot just for SBs?

I believe they named Barney the 2B, so that's not good news for a number of reasons. In an NL-only he's not a horrible guy to take a chance on since the guys playing in front of him aren't spectacular, but so far with the Cubs, neither is he.

In mixed leagues, he's a waiver guy for sure. I'd rather take a chance on Villar or Gordon at MI.
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 12:38 AM

I bet he ends up with 400+ AB's anyway. He's the backup at every position, he's a guy who always weasels into playing time. I would take Dee or Villar over him too but those guys are more on the radar. Bonifacio is borderline for mixed but I would consider him if its a daily league. He will still steal whenever he plays.

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:10 PM

^ Agreed

If Gordon does crack the lineup and becomes an everyday player of course I'd look into him first, but before I even bothered, someone would overpay for the guy on name-value and because he plays for the Dodgers and has blazing speed and nothing more.... despite the fact he's not even hitting much better than he ever has, or hadn't been last I had checked.

Furthermore Villar is a SS/2B (or MI) extensively, no? I owned him last year quite a bit in my Yahoo! redraft when none other than another Cubs guy in Starlin Castro was making my head spin and I just benched him and gave Villar a quick run (no pun intended) 'til I landed a Scooter G. type or somebody similar to replace Villar...

All 3 are kind of not the best option, but Gordon isn't going to be the sleeper anymore if he cracks the roster and especially if he starts....and Villar is... I dunno, I don't think he carries the upside because he won't see as many AB or steal chances. Boni also qualifies at 2B, and the OF if I am not mistaking + 3B too...no? CI and MI isn't bad if so, and if he doesn't it may just be a matter of time with the Cubs' cast of 3rd basement at the moment, or until Baez or Bryant take over (or something surprising happens instead).

If I was betting on steals from any of the 3 and padding SB alone, with a .260-280 AVG and sub-par OBP from all 3, I would guess Boni would easily have the most steals (in the scenario all 3 compared as far as AB and stats go). I also think Bonifacio will wind up seeing the most AB and doing the most with them, too. He has looked bad in spring training, but it's spring training for a reason; Billy Burns looks like Rickey Henderson right now for the A's, so let's not get too carried away- better or worse.

Boni can sub in CF (and likely would/will-- and often) for Junior Lake who isn't the best defender (Emilio is as good in center as him right now, at least), 2B for Barney (who the Cubs probably won't bring back after this season, anyway... he is a strong non-tender candidate come the 2014-15 off-season- I think it is his final yr of arbitration and he'll be due a decent raise- but regardless... for all practical purposes it's all but a guarantee he won't be back a year from now), and then he should play some 3B but I guess it depends on how much and/or if he qualifies in your league already (played there last season I think for the first time in his career, no?...)

I don't know if he'll sub or start at SS at all but LF is also a spot he may play. He is a nice UTL man, but he needs to hit to be an option. That being said, Villar can't hit (and Boni is a better base stealer) very well either, and Dee is going to be overdrafted. I'll risk on Bonifacio as a late-game pick if any of the 3...
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