The Braves made two significant veteran cuts on Saturday, designating both Michael Bourn and Emilio Bonifacio for assignment. Atlanta will now have 10 days to trade, release or waive the two veterans.
Bourn and Bonifacio join outfielder Nick Swisher as recent castoffs by the Braves, as Swisher was released earlier in the week. Atlanta will start the year with a starting outfield of Hector Olivera, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis, with newcomers Jeff Francoeur and Drew Stubbs providing depth.
Bourn, 33, will earn $14 million this season, though the Braves are only on the hook for $9 million after acquiring him along with Swisher last summer. Bourn was replaced in center field once the Braves acquired Inciarte from the Diamondbacks in a deal for Shelby Miller, and will now likely try to catch on with a team looking for some veteran outfield depth.
Bonifacio, 30, did not make the team out of spring training after signing a guaranteed, $1.25 million contract during the Winter Meetings. Teams looking for a versatile bench player will likely have some interest in Bonifacio, who has appeared with six organizations since 2012.