It is now accurate to say Emilio Bonifacio has agreed to return to the Braves for the third time within the past 366 days. The veteran utility man can only hope this reunion does not prove to be as odd as the one he experienced this past season.
Tyrell Jenkins, Williams Perez, John Gant and Rob Whalen stood as four of the 12 pitchers who made at least five starts for Atlanta this past season. But each of them has recently been affected by what is essentially a weeding-out process that has enabled the Braves to use some of their starting-pitching surplus to address other areas of need.
The Braves exited the Winter Meetings on Thursday without having made any significant moves. But they are still drawing envy from teams who know they still have a lot of work to do to satisfy their offseason plans.