Former SF Giants infielder and 11-year veteran announces retirement
Núñez debuted with the New York Yankees back in 2010. He then made stops with the Minnesota Twins, Giants, Boston Red Sox, and the New York Mets. In a bit of cosmic symmetry, the veteran infielder began his career in New York and ended it in New York.
The 35-year-old earned an AL All-Star bid with the Twins in 2016. However, he likely did not know that his time with Minnesota was nearing an end by then as he was shipped to San Francisco before the deadline that season in exchange for pitching prospect Adalberto Mejía.
Mejía was a well-regarded prospect, so it was a tough move for Giants fans. However, they were in the midst of a playoff push and needed a player like Núñez to get them into the postseason. He slashed .296/.325/.439 (105 OPS+) with four home runs, 20 RBI, and 24 runs in 199 plate appearances following that trade.
The trade for Núñez was a nice move given that he had one season remaining of team control. That final season of team control would be in 2017 when the Giants struggled badly right out of the gates and they were considered sellers at the trade deadline.
San Francisco shipped the right-handed bat to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitchers Gregory Santos and Shaun Anderson. The Giants are still realizing the benefits of that trade as Anderson was shipped to the Twins before the 2021 season in exchange for LaMonte Wade Jr.
The Red Sox benefitted from that trade as well as Núñez was part of the 2018 team that won the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He recorded three hits, including a home run, in 10 at-bats against the Dodgers in that series, which puts him in #ForeverGiant territory.
Núñez had some very nice moments in his 11-year career. He played with a joy and energy that you do not often see on the field. We are Around the Foghorn would like to congratulate Núñez on a fine career and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.