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Trade likely in works for Emilio Bonifacio

7/31/2014

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio treated Wednesday like it was a "normal day" despite the trade rumors swirling around him.

"Right now, there is nothing on," Bonifacio said after the Cubs' 6-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "I'm with the team [Thursday]."

Bonifacio was held out of the lineup Thursday for a second straight game in case a trade went down. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday it was the "prudent" thing to do. Renteria sounded doubtful Bonifacio will be on the team by the end of Thursday.

"It’s out of my hands," Bonifacio said. "I’m just going to come to the field [Thursday]."

An erroneous report that San Francisco Giants second baseman Dan Uggla was released on Wednesday night led to speculation Bonifacio could be headed west, but as of Wednesday afternoon there were at least four other teams interested in the versatile player. The Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles and his old team, the Kansas City Royals, have reportedly shown interest.

Bonifacio was asked if he would be excited to go to a contending team.

"You want to be part of that, but right now, you're still part of the Cubs," he said.

His agent, Paul Kinzer, told him "maybe something is going on," Bonifacio said. The Cubs aren’t hiding the fact they wouldn’t mind moving the soon-to-be free agent.

The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. CT.