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Royals acquire Bonifacio from Blue Jays

08/14/2013 5:37 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Emilio Bonifacio hit .296 with 40 steals in 152 games in 2011.(AP)
The Kansas City Royals have acquired utility man Emilio Bonifacio from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

Bonifacio, who joined the Blue Jays last year in the mega deal that also brought Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, was batting .218 with 16 doubles, three homers and 20 RBIs in 94 games north of the border. He now joins younger brother Jorge (currently playing at Double-A Northwest Arkansas) in the Royals organization.

The 28-year-old has extensive experience at six positions (all but first base and catcher) in his career and is not far removed from a stellar 2011 campaign where he hit .296 with 40 steals in 152 games for the Marlins.

The Royals' general manager Dayton Moore praised Bonifacio's unique skill set in announcing the acquisition. "He brings versatility, and he's a player who had a really good year last year," Moore said. "This year, he's struggled a little bit, but he's played better lately. We like that he can play all three outfield positions. He can also play second and play third. He's a switch-hitter with some speed."

It was the Royals' second move in the last four days to acquire a utility player, including Jamey Carroll from Minnesota on Sunday.

Kansas City did not immediately announce a corresponding move on the 25-man roster, but the team opened up a 40-man roster spot by transferring Miguel Tejada, whose calf injury was a key impetus in the Royals' move to acquire Carroll, from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. 

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