As the San Francisco Giants continue their playoff push, a reunion with Eduardo Nunez could help bolster their infield depth.
The 2017 season was one to forget for the San Francisco Giants, and leading up to the trade deadline, do-it-all utility man Eduardo Nunez was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Fast forward two years and Nunez has a World Series title and a wealth of playoff experience under his belt.
However, on July 15, Nunez was designated for assignment by the defending World Series champions, which now opens the door for a possible return to San Francisco.
It would be a low-risk move, as it will likely only take a minor league deal to sign him, similar to the one the Giants gave Pablo Sandoval in 2017 after he suffered a similar DFA fate. That move certainly worked out well.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Nunez will enjoy a similar rebound.
The 32-year-old has been pretty banged up the last few seasons, and he was hitting just .228/.243/.305 in 174 plate appearances when he was designated.
Still, since the Giants would only be on the hook for a prorated portion of the league-minimum salary, Nunez is worth taking a chance on.
He would add some nice stability all over the field, but specifically at third base where Sandoval stands alone since Evan Longoria is on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi values versatility, so Nunez seems like someone who would be of interest as he searches for ways to improve the roster without mortgaging the future.
Perhaps Nunez can be the player he was hoping Yangervis Solarte would be early in the season.
The San Francisco Giants have positioned themselves to make a playoff push, and since it’s unlikely the team will make any blockbuster additions, finding incremental ways to improve the roster will be key. Taking a chance on Eduardo Nunez fits the bill.