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White Sox sign Emilio Bonifacio to 1-year, $4 million contract

The veteran will provide versatility for the White Sox, who have been looking at Ben Zobrist.

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The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with utility player Emilio Bonifacio, as first reported by Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. According to Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com, the deal also includes a $4 million option for 2016 that can push the deal's total value to $8 million.

Bonifacio, 29, had a solid season with the Cubs and Braves in 2014, posting a .259/.305/.345 line with three home runs and 24 RBI in 110 games. He appeared at every outfield position and every infield position except first base, continuing to show that he is one of the most versatile players in the league.

For the White Sox, Bonifacio will likely compete with Micah Johnson for time at second base while providing depth at almost every other position. He is the latest addition to a new-look White Sox club, joining Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera, Zach Duke and David Robertson as the team's significant additions this winter.

In eight major league seasons with eight different clubs, Bonifacio is the owner of a lifetime .262/.319/.341 line while appearing at six different positions on a consistent basis. The White Sox had been linked to Ben Zobrist in recent days, though the addition of Bonifacio makes a trade for Zobrist less likely for the South Siders.