Braves get INF-OF Boni­fa­cio, LHP Rus­sell from Cubs

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

CHICAGO (AP) — The con­tend­ing At­lanta Braves have ac­quired in­fielder-out­fielder Emilio Boni­fa­cio and left-handed re­liever James Rus­sell from the Chicago Cubs for catch­ing prospect Vic­tor Cara­tini.

The Braves also got cash from the Cubs in Thurs­day's trade. Nei­ther Boni­fa­cio nor Rus­sell played in the Cubs' 3-1 win over Colorado ear­lier in the day.

Rus­sell was in the Cubs bullpen when the trade was made. He hugged sev­eral of his team­mates and coaches — and slapped hands with a few fans — as he ex­ited while the game was go­ing on.

"It's kind of hard to wrap your head around it," Rus­sell said. "It's ob­vi­ously a shock. I knew things were gonna hap­pen. There's re­ally noth- ing you can do to pre­pare your­self for this. It's still kind of weird. I don't know how to feel. There's a lot of ex­cite­ment, a lot of mixed emo­tions."

The 29-year-old Boni­fa­cio hit .279 with 18 RBIs and 14 steals in 69 games for the Cubs this sea­son. The 28-year-old Rus­sell went 0-2 with one save and a 3.51 ERA in 44 games.

At­lanta is in the chase for the NL East and the Cubs are last in the NL Cen­tral.

The 20-year-old Cara­tini was hit­ting .279 with five home runs and 42 RBIs at Class A Rome.

"He's a guy we liked in the draft a lot," Cubs gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer. "We've said it all along, catch­ing is a weak­ness in our sys­tem and we don't have enough of it."

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