Emilio Bonifacio joins Cubs on minor league deal

The Chicago Cubs have signed speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp.

Utility man stole 28 bases with Blue Jays, Royals in 2013

New Cubs utility man Emilio Bonifacio hit .243 with three home runs, 31 RBIs and 28 stolen bases for the Blue Jays and Royals last season. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs have signed speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp.

Bonifacio is a switch-hitter who can play both all over the infield and outfield. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals last season and was released by the Royals earlier this week.

"He's versatile; he gives us depth," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "His skill set is significant in that he can run and put the ball in play. His skill set lends itself to the National League."

Bonifacio is guaranteed $573,770 US in termination pay from his deal with the Royals, who had agreed last month to a $3.5 million, one-year contract.

Last season, Bonifacio hit .243 with three home runs and 31 runs batted in, and stole 28 bases. He has a career .262 average over seven seasons.

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