Bonifacio's experience in the outfield could give him an advantage when it comes to winning a spot on the Braves' bench this spring. As it currently stands, Atlanta only has three outfielders on their 40-man roster -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis -- so they'll be looking for depth during spring training. Jace Peterson and Chase d'Arnaud are considered the primary options to win utility roles, but they've seen action in the outfield in a combined 29 big league games between them. Bonifacio, on the other hand, played 65 games in center field as recently as 2014. That resume could win him the fourth outfielder role coming out of camp, and the 31-year-old's 37 steals in 107 games at Triple-A last year would then make him an intriguing stash in deep NL-only leagues.
Bonifacio re-signed with Atlanta on Friday, receiving a minor league contract, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Bonifacio made just 43 plate appearances in 24 games for Atlanta last season, slashing .211/.268/.211. He'll compete for a utility job next season, and even though he didn't play any infield position last season, he has experience playing second base, third base and shortstop, along with all three outfield positions.
Bonifacio was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The veteran has struggled in 31 major league at-bats this season, registering just four hits while striking out 11 times. Regardless, with rosters expanded, the Braves will add Bonifacio, who will simply provide depth in the infield over the final two weeks of the season.
Bonifacio cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. The Braves designated Bonifacio for assignment earlier in the week, having seen enough of the veteran after his 4-for-31 showing in 15 games with the big club. With no other team willing to take a flier on him, Bonifacio will remain in the organization as outfield depth. A September return isn't completely out of the question even though he's off the 40-man, but the Braves would probably be wise to just a younger player a look.
Bonifacio was designated for assignment Thursday, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. Bonifacio had his contract selected by the team June 21 and went 4-for-31 during his time with the big league club. He was DFA'd on Thursday in a corresponding move to Gordon Beckham getting activated off the disabled list. Bonifacio spent time platooning in left field for the Braves, and will likely go back to Triple-A Gwinnett where he has played 57 games this season.