Continuing their very busy offseason, the White Sox have signed free agent Emilio Bonifacio to a one-year contract with a team option for 2016. According to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com it’ll be worth $4 million.
Bonifacio isn’t much of a hitter, but he’s very fast and can play just about anywhere defensively. Right now it looks like the White Sox will use him at second base, but he could be pushed into more of a utility man role if Chicago adds another option there.
He split last season between the Braves and Cubs, hitting .259 with three homers, 26 steals, and a .650 OPS in 110 games. Bonifacio is a 29-year-old career .262 hitter with a .660 OPS.
Non-tendered by the Reds last month, right-hander Logan Ondrusek has signed with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Ondrusek is a 6-foot-8 reliever with a 3.89 ERA in 271 career innings as a big leaguer through age 29, but struggled for Cincinnati in 2014 and was due for a raise to more than $2 million via arbitration.
According to the Japan Times his one-year deal with the Swallows is worth $1.2 million.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia has signed a one-year contract with the Cubs.
Denorfia struggled for the Padres and Mariners in 2014 and is 34 years old, but he’s generally been a very productive part-time player with a decent bat, enough range to play all three outfield spots, and plus speed.
He’s a career .272 hitter with a .725 OPS and has fared particularly well versus left-handed pitching.
Free agent catcher Nick Hundley and the Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract worth around $6 million, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Connolly reports that the Orioles made Hundley a two-year offer to remain in Baltimore after acquiring him from the Padres in May, but he opted for more money and the promise of more playing time in Colorado.
Hundley hit .243 with six homers and a .631 OPS in 83 games overall and has a .680 OPS for his career.
Wilin Rosario has been the Rockies’ starting catcher for the past three seasons, but all offseason there have been reports of them wanting to move him out from behind the plate or trade him altogether.
Free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has agreed to a deal with the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.
Cabrera finished this year with the Nationals after spending the first seven-and-a-half seasons of his career with the Indians. He’s been primarily a shortstop, but the 29-year-old has also played plenty of second base.
There have been lots of rumors that the Rays may trade Ben Zobrist, so Cabrera could be viewed as his potential replacement as a switch-hitter with some defensive versatility. Of course, he’s not as good offensively or as versatile defensively as Zobrist.
Cabrera hit .241 with 14 homers and a .694 OPS in 146 games this past season and hit .242 with 14 homers and a .700 OPS in 136 games in 2013.