Cubs sign Emilio Bonifacio to minor league deal, per source.
Bonifacio should provide the Cubs with decent infield depth. With Darwin Barney at second and a competition between Donnie Murphy and Luis Valbuena at third, it seems like an opportune situation for Bonifacio to potentially make an impact. His career slash line of .262/.322/.340 isn't all that impressive, but his performance last season as a second-half pick-up by the Royals in which he slashed .285/.352/.348 with 16 stolen bases and an 88.9-percent success rate stands out strongly. Should he maintain that form, the Cubs just might have to find him a home on the 25-man roster.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Victor Oladipo will come off the bench Friday.
After struggling over a number of games, Oladipo was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Knicks. He responded with 24 points and four rebounds over 26 minutes, so coach Scott Skiles is going to use him in the same fashion to see if it works for him again. Should he continue to perform as well, he should see closer to his usual 30 minutes that he was playing earlier in the year. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brett Lawrie is "likely to be traded" by the A's according to reports.
Oakland's trade for Jed Lowrie means the A's don't have room for both Lawrie and Danny Valencia, and Lawrie stands a better chance of getting traded. Lawrie finally stayed healthy last season, batting .260/.299/.407 in 149 games. Moving to a different ballpark and a better lineup should help Lawrie's fantasy production, but at this point he is nothing more than a solid middle infielder. Analysis: Steve Pimental