BOSTON - Just when you think you've figured out what the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski, and the front office are planning to do with the team, they throw another curveball at the fans and at writers like me. It seemed like the team was pursuing relief pitching and another second baseman after acquiring Andrew Cashner. Instead, Dombrowski said the team may not pursue any relievers and they have also designated one of their utility second basemen for assignment.
Eduardo Nunez, who was traded to the Red Sox from the San Francisco Giants in 2017 and has played for Boston ever since, was designated for assignment on Monday, leaving Boston with one fewer option at the four hole. Nunez was also capable of playing third base, shortstop, and the outfield.
Nunez’s splits were poor against left-handed pitching and, according to manager Alex Cora, they wanted to play Michael Chavis against lefties more. Nunez was just leaving a lot to be desired on offense. With Mitch Moreland on the precipice of a return and a rotating batch of solid options on the infield, Nunez simply did not fit the goals of the Sox lineup anymore, which is definitely unfortunate.
After the shocking move, Nunez thanked the fans in a statement that read, “I’d like to thank all Red Sox fans for all the great moments we shared and the amazing experience of being World Champions. I only have positive things to say about the Red Sox organization, and I know my career will go on.”
In his approximately two seasons with the club, Nunez hit .268 with 20 home runs and 91 RBIs. He will undoubtedly be remembered for his crucial contributions during the post-season run of 2018, as he was instrumental in winning the World Series thanks to his three-run pinch hit home run in Game 4 and his defensive heroics that cost him a great deal in Game 3 of the series.
Eduardo Nunez, you always gave it your all on the field and the Red Sox faithful will always be grateful for you. We wish you all the best going forward and we will miss having you in Boston!
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