From beat writer Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com …
Bonifacio was pushed off the 40-man roster of the crosstown White Sox on August 16 after batting just .167/.198/.192 with one stolen base in 47 games. He stole 26 bases in 110 games last season between the Cubs and Braves. Look for the Northsiders to use him in a utility and pinch-running role in September.
The 30-year-old Bonifacio will report to the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa for now.
There has been external discussion about the Dodgers calling up 19-year-old left-hander Julio Urias when rosters expand on September 1 to serve as a shutdown reliever for the final month of the 2015 regular season. But manager Don Mattingly is taking some of the gas off that particular pedal …
That could simply mean that the Dodgers are going to wait until the second week of September.
Urias, rated a top-10 prospect by Baseball America, MLB.com, and Baseball Prospectus ahead of the 2015 season, has registered a 3.21 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, and 80/16 K/BB ratio in 70 innings this summer between three different levels of the minor leagues. He is currently stationed with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
Hanley Ramirez has been a disaster on defense this year — his first as a starting outfielder — so the Red Sox will make a big change leading into 2016. Via Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald …
Ramirez was spotted fielding grounders and making throws at first base ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the White Sox, which prompted the questions from Silverman and some other Boston beat writers. Hanley, a former shortstop, happily revealed the plan while acknowledging that the Red Sox are better off with Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Rusney Castillo patrolling the outfield on a regular basis.
Ramirez, 31, is owed $22.75 million per year through 2018. He also carries a vesting option for 2019.
This sounds like the first directive to come from new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski.