Emilio Bonifacio to Braves: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

May 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs outfielder Emilio Bonifacio (64) hits a RBI single against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
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Emilio Bonifacio has been dealt to Atlanta Braves, according to MLB Roster Moves:

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal:

Bonifacio's future has been hotly discussed over recent days, which ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweeted was as sure a sign as any that the trade deadline had reached the point of no return:

The San Francisco Giants were one of the teams rumored to be in for the 29-year-old. ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported that the 2012 World Series champions wanted to get some help against left-handed pitching:

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle threw a wet blanket on the Bonifacio-to-San Francisco rumors but did add that the outfielder would be on his way out of Chicago:

This certainly won't go down as the most earth-shattering deal wrapped up ahead of this year's deadline. At the time of writing, Bonifacio was hitting .279/.318/.373 and had stolen 14 stolen bases. His 1.3 WAR, according to Baseball-Reference.com, isn't otherworldly, but it's not terrible, either.

Since returning from the disabled list earlier in the month, Bonifacio has been on a tear, likely driving up his price tag and making him a more attractive option:

Bonifacio still boasts plenty of speed on the basepaths, is hitting for a high average and is a free agent at the end of the season. Not to mention that he's a Swiss army knife defensively. Atlanta could've done much worse at the deadline. 

You can understand why the Chicago Cubs dealt Bonifacio. Chicago isn't contending any time soon, and Bonifacio's contract is up at the end of the season. The Cubbies gambled a bit when they offered him a minor league deal. Now they've turned that minor league deal into a return that can hopefully help the franchise going forward.

Meanwhile, Atlanta gets a piece to help during the critical stretch run to come.