Royals acquire Bonifacio for a PTBNL
Bonifacio, 28, will likely spend time in center field and at second base for the Royals with Miguel Tejada moving to the 60-day DL and Lorenzo Cain nursing an oblique strain. Acquired by the Jays in the mega-deal with the Marlins over the winter, Bonifacio struggled at the plate in his brief time in Canada, hitting just .218/.258/.321 in 91 games.
Barry Zito Clears Waivers
Zito is finally coming to the end of his infamous seven-year, $126 million contract with Giants, so perhaps they're hoping to send him away before they have to pay the $7 million buyout for next season.
However, with a 5.40 earned-run average and roughly $5 million remaining on his salary this season, the 35-year-old left-hander isn't the most likely trade candidate. Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but the chances that San Francisco will find a taker at this juncture are not great.
Rangers acquire Travis Blackley
Blackley, 30, pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Astros this season, amassing a 4.89 earned-run average and over seven Ks per nine in 35 innings. Houston didn't work Blackley solely as a LOOGY in his half season with the club, but his appearances did seem to shorten as the year progressed, indicating that they at least starting swaying in that direction.
The southpaw came out of nowhere to help the A's rotation down the stretch last season -- posting a 3.86 ERA in 102⅔ innings for Oakland -- but it's unclear whether he'll get playing time with Texas at all. The Rangers have assigned the left-hander to Triple-A Round Rock.
O's an option for Konerko?
The O's have been on the lookout for an additional right-handed bat for some time, but were unable to find one for the right price at the trade deadline. Baltimore also has the option of bringing Mark Reynolds back into the fold, but Konerko is the more attractive option, per Dubroff.
Konerko, 37, is in the midst of a career-worst year -- .240/.304/.354 in 88 games -- but he's still demonstrated the ability to pound left-handed pitching. The veteran slugger has 10-and-5 rights, so even if he were to clear waivers, he would get final say on whether or not to accept a trade. He is owed roughly $3.5 million through the end of the year.