The Nationals designated Bonifacio for assignment Thursday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports. With Josh Harrison and Wilmer Difo having emerged as the Nationals' preferred utility men off the bench, Bonifacio was the odd man out as Washington reduced its active roster from 30 to 28 men. Since Bonifacio doesn't have minor-league options remaining, he'll now get exposed to waivers, though he'll stick in Washington's 60-man player pool if he ultimately goes unclaimed. He appeared in three of the big club's games, going hitless in three at-bats.
The Nationals selected Bonifacio's contract Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. The 35-year-old Bonifacio has reached the majors for the first time since the 2017 season in what will be his second stint in Washington. As a speedy switch-hitter who can play multiple positions in the infield and outfield, Bonifacio should prove useful for the Nationals in a reserve role.
Bonifacio has been added to the Nationals' 60-man player pool, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports. The veteran utility player last played in the majors in 2017, but he apparently showed the Nats enough as an NRI this spring that they will keep him around for depth purposes. Bonifacio's best path to big-league action may come as a pinch runner -- a role the new extra-innings rules will make a little more prominent -- but even then, he'd have to compete with Andrew Stevenson for opportunities.
Bonifacio signed with the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Bonifacio will make $1 million if he makes the big-league roster. That doesn't appear to be particularly likely, as he'll turn 35 in April and hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2017. He spent last year with Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system, hitting .286/.353/.475 over 76 games.
Bonifacio was recently released by the Rays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Bonifacio declined to report to the Rays' minor-league camp after being reassigned March 22, prompting the organization to cut him loose. The 33-year-old is likely exploring his options elsewhere around baseball, but is apparently still open to a return to the Rays, presumably on another minor-league deal.