Kansas City has released Emilio Bonifacio after the utility man and his $3.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers. Because his one-year deal was an arbitration avoidance it’s not fully guaranteed, so by releasing him the Royals are only on the hook for around $575,000. Or maybe “only” is a better way to put it.
Either way, Kansas City basically flushed $575,000 down the drain between the time they signed Bonifacio two weeks ago and now. And he’s free to sign with any team for any amount he can get, like a normal free agent.
Kansas City’s budget changed when Bruce Chen agreed to re-sign and it’s hard to imagine Bonifacio finding another gig this late for near $3.5 million after he hit just .243 with three homers and a .625 OPS in 136 games last season.
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: