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Blue Jays' Bonifacio didn't live up to promise

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays made a splash last off-season when they acquired Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio and Josh Johnson from the Miami Marlins.

That trade didn't get the expected results for Toronto, and general manager Alex Anthopoulos is moving the team in a different direction.

Bonifacio was traded by the Blue Jays on Wednesday to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later or cash, while Johnson will have an MRI to see how long it will take for him to recover from a strained right forearm.

"Clearly they haven't played and performed the way we expected them to when we acquired them, there's no doubt about that at all," said Anthopoulos when asked if he was second guessing the Marlins deal. "But the process when you go into these things, you know there's no guarantees of performance.

"Sometimes you have guys that perform a lot better than you thought they could both internally and externally."

Bonifacio hit .218 as a utility player this season with three home runs, 20 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases. He saw time at second base, shortstop and all three outfield positions. Kansas City claimed the 28-year-old on waivers, forcing Anthopoulos to strike a deal.

"It just didn't work out," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "Ton of talent, got some opportunities. It just never came together on a consistent basis. We loved the guy, what he brings to the park. He shows up to play, he could make some things happen, there just wasn't enough consistency there."

The Toronto front office agreed with Gibbons' assessment after the trade with the Royals was complete.

"I think we expected him to be a better player, a better player overall," said Anthopoulos. "I think there's no doubt about that."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 15, 2013 D4

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