Recapping a few notable minor-league signings on a post-Winter Meetings Friday:
Braves sign Emilio Bonifacio to minor-league deal
Utilityman Emilio Bonifacio is headed back to the Braves on a minor-league deal, a source tells SB Nation. The 31-year old has spent 24 games with Atlanta last season, hitting .211 in 38 at-bats.
Bonifacio is a veteran of 10 major-league seasons and will provide versatile depth at Triple-A Gwinnett to open the season.
Phillies sign Sean Burnett to minor-league deal
The Phillies have agreed to a minor-league pact with veteran lefty Sean Burnett, according to a source. The deal includes an invite to major-league spring training.
Burnett, 34, ended the year with 10 major-league appearances out of the Nationals’ bullpen after stops in the Dodgers, Braves and Twins organizations throughout the year. He’s a veteran of nine major-league seasons.
Tigers sign Omar Infante to minor-league deal
Detroit has reunited with infielder Omar Infante on a minor deal, according to a club announcement. The 34-year old has already been in the Tigers’ organization twice (2002-07), (2012-13).
Infante will provide infield depth for Detroit, giving them a backup option if the club decides to trade Ian Kinsler. He appeared in the majors with the Royals last year and ended the year at the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.
Tigers add A.J. Achter on minor-league deal
Righty A.J. Achter is also headed to Detroit, according to a source. The right-hander made 27 appearances with the Angels in the majors last year.
Achter is a Michigan native and Michigan State alum, so the signing is a homecoming for him. The 28-year old owns a 3.92 ERA in 62 major-league innings with the Twins and Angels over the past three years.
Red Sox sign Junior Lake to minor-league deal
Boston is signing outfielder Junior Lake to a minor-league deal, per source. The 26-year old spent last year with Toronto.
Lake will likely be a starter at Triple-A Pawtucket after hitting .200 with one homer in 22 big-league games last year.