UPDATES & NEWS
Emilio Bonifacio will be Toronto's everyday second baseman with Brett Lawrie (ribs) on the Disabled List to begin the season.
This is huge news.... honestly... Bonifacio is a guy I've been big on this year, and the only negative associated with him was that there really wasn't a definite spot for him to fill on opening day. Bonifacio stole 30 bases last year in less than half a season, and is capable of stealing 50+ bases without even trying if he gets 500+ at bats. Add in that he's going to be hitting after Jose Reyes and before the likes of Bautista and Encarnacion, and you have the makings of a sneaky fantasy stud... 50+ steals and 100+ runs is easily in reach.ANALYST: Brad Costilo
Rays designated P Grant Balfour for assignment.
There's no word as to why Balfour was DFA'd here as he's pitched pretty well so far, especially for a guy who had to leave the team during spring training to help take care of his ailing father. He did hit a bump in the road Saturday when he allowed three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, but before that, he had made five appearances, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two hits with no runs. The Rays will likely give some reason for the move, but look for Balfour to pick up with another team fairly quickly. Analysis: Howard Bender