There is a tendency to think of Emilio Bonifacio as a minor part of the trade with Miami that remastered the Blue Jay lineup but make no mistake: he was a target.

GM Alex Anthopoulos coveted Bonifacio’s speed and his versatility and his new teammates expect big things.

“With Bonifacio we’re basically going to have a second leadoff guy,” said Jose Bautista. “If you look at his career stats, in percentages they’re pretty similar to Jose (Reyes) with stolen bases and getting on base. He might strike out a little bit more but if he ends up being the starter and he hits ninth, that nine, one, two combination, even without getting hits, tough ground balls, high choppers, hit and runs, bunts, they can create some havoc without even having to hit the ball in the gaps or get some hard base hits.

“That can actually get you excited too because you see a pitcher when they’re dealing and you have three guys in a row that can bunt, get jammed and beat out a ground ball, and also hit a high chopper and get a base hit, that’s not bad either.”