Red Sox To Acquire Eduardo Nunez

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Uncategorized
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11:34pm: USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that the Giants are getting a pair of minor league pitchers in exchange for Nunez.

11:26pm: The Red Sox have agreed to acquire infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Giants, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (on Twitter). Nunez was shown leaving the Giants’ dugout to a series of hugs from his teammates on tonight’s broadcast (video link via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area).

Eduardo Nunez | Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Third base has been a clear area of need for the Red Sox this season, as Pablo Sandoval was finally released midway through the third season of his five-year contract and Brock Holt has been plagued by injuries throughout the year. Boston dealt Travis Shaw to the Brewers this offseason and has been relying on a platoon of light-hitting Deven Marrero and Tzu-Wei Lin at the hot corner in recent weeks before calling on top prospect Rafael Devers to get a look. Devers, though, is just 20 years old and has scarcely played in Triple-A, so the Sox may yet feel that he needs more development in the minors before he can be relied upon to man the hot corner in a pennant race.

Of course, if Devers proves capable of handling the spot, Nunez’s defensive versatility will still prove valuable down the stretch. He can provide depth for Boston both at shortstop and second base, and he has a bit of experience in the corner outfield as well. That flexibility would help to keep a number of Boston regulars fresh in the season’s final months, though the team’s exact plans with respect to Nunez and Devers aren’t yet clear. Anything from a platoon arrangement to a return trip to Triple-A Pawtucket could reasonably be on the table.

The 30-year-old Nunez hasn’t shown the power he displayed when he smacked a career-high 16 home runs last season — the extra time in the pitcher-friendly AT&T Park certainly can’t help his cause in that regard — but he’s been a generally solid offensive player. He’s hitting .307/.331/.413 through 315 plate appearances with San Francisco and has knocked four homers and 20 doubles to go along with a 17-for-22 mark in stolen base attempts. Nunez is earning $4.2MM this year after his final offseason of arbitration eligibility and will hit the open market as a free agent for the first time this winter.

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