Alex Anthopoulos gave the impression that he was doing backflips when he was able to get the Miami Marlins to include super-utility guy Emilio Bonifacio in The Trade, and just about anyone who I’ve heard speak about the player since then has raved about his play and his exuberance on and off the field.
So… he seems like a nice piece for the Jays hold on to, right? Especially since their bench last year primarily consisted of Omar Vizquel and a tumbleweed, right?
Not so fast, says Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
#Braves interested in Bonifaciobefore got traded by MIA (Fredi G. had him w/Marlins), didn’t know til this wk he might still be available
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) December 5, 2012
Now, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. We learned earlier in the week, thanks to Bob Elliott’s excellent play-by-play of The Trade in the Toronto Sun, that Alex Anthopoulos makes pretty much everyone available– though not necessarily at a price that another club would be willing to pay. And we remember– all too effing well– that Mike Napoli was flipped, after being acquired in the Vernon Wells deal, before ever having played a game as a Jay.
So, of course Anthopoulos would have engaged in a conversation about Bonifacio without shutting the Braves down entirely, but that alone doesn’t tell us a whole lot.
I mean, that’s great, Atlanta, that you think he’d be a fit for your club, but where do trade talks go from there?
Well, a couple places, perhaps… but most of them probably involve trying to shoehorn in JP Arencibia (naturally), in order to flip him with Gerald Laird, add in Bonifacio and some extra piece, and pick off one of the Braves young starters.
In other words: not really. But maybe Alex can surprise us– he’s got to do something to pass the time over the next day and a half.
So… there’s that.