Thursday July 31st, 2014

The Chicago Cubs are trying to trade utility man Emilio Bonifacio before today's trade deadline, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

Bonifacio, 29, signed with Chicago before this season and is batting .279 with two home runs, 18 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Bonifacio did not play in Wednesday's game against the Rockies and wasn't in the lineup Thursday either.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria explained why Bonifacio didn't play Wednesday, via Mooney:

Manager Rick Renteria — who doesn’t like to go out on a limb — put it this way during his pregame media session: “With all the stuff that’s going on, we just found it prudent to hold off and see how it shakes out.”

The Cubs acquired pitcher Felix Doubrant from the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday. Earlier this month, they traded pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for a package including shortstop Addison Russell.

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- Paul Palladino

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