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The Royals have designated Emilio Bonifacio for assignment, the team announced on Saturday.

They have 10 days to trade or release him.

Bonifacio, 28, hit .243 with a .295 OBP, 22 doubles, three triples and 28 stolen bases with the Royals and Blue Jays in 2013. He hit .285 with a .352 OBP in 42 games after being acquired by Kansas City.

Bonifacio agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration last month, and he can be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season.

If the Mets are not going to sign a primary shortstop, Bonifacio could help provide depth. However, the Mets would probably have to swing a trade with Kansas City to acquire him.

Bonifacio is capable of playing second, short, third and the outfield, although he isn't a particular good defensive player. He's a switch hitter with speed, who handles lefties pretty well, and he's a consistent base stealing threat that could serve the top of this lineup nicely. I'm not sure he's an everyday player right now, but the same could certainly be said about Ruben Tejada. With the exception of Eric Young Jr., the Mets roster lacks the kind of speed Bonifacio possesses, and his game could play well with the large gaps at Citi Field if used in the right situations.

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