The Red Sox hope they’ve fixed their third base problem as they’ve traded for Eduardo Nunez.
It was only a matter of time until Boston made a move for a third baseman, and Nunez has been on their radar for a while now. After Todd Frazier was somewhat surprisingly acquired by the Yankees, it only made sense for the Sox to scout Nunez.
News of the trade broke not long after Nunez was seen hugging teammates during the Giants’ game Wednesday night against the Pirates. San Francisco reportedly acquired minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in the deal.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 26, 2017
Source: Eduardo Nunez to #RedSox.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2017
The move was made on the same day Red Sox third base prospect Rafael Devers played in his Major League debut.
Nunez is hitting .307 this season with four homers, 29 RBI, and a .745 OPS. His defensive prowess certainly isn’t anything to write home about. Still, he’s a serviceable option on a team that has had a revolving door at the third base position all season long. He’s also a versatile player who can contribute at multiple positions.
Eduardo Nunez this year:
.307/.331/.413#RedSox 3rd basemen this year:
— Hot Stove Stats (@HotStoveStats) July 26, 2017
Now that the third base saga appears over for now, a bullpen arm should be next up on the trade deadline shopping list for the Red Sox.