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Eduardo Nunez | Second Baseman | #36

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details

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Eduardo Nunez went 1-for-5 with a single and a strikeout Friday versus the Blue Jays.
Nunez grounded into a double play in one of his at-bats. The 30-year-old has been filling in for Dustin Pedroia (knee) at second base, but he’s been a big disappointment so far, batting .239/.264/.373 with three homers and two steals through 34 games. The lack of speed has been especially frustrating for fantasy owners to take. With Pedroia nearing a minor league rehab assignment, Nunez will likely soon be looking at a diminished role. May 11 - 11:32 PM

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Eduardo Nunez singled, doubled and scored both of the Red Sox' runs in Tuesday's loss to the Yankees.

Nunez also stole his second base of the season, which is a disappointing total for a guy who fantasy owners drafted largely for his speed. Of course, you can't run if you're not getting on base, and Nunez has just a .268 OBP.
May 8 - 11:14 PM

Slated for the night off, Eduardo Nunez instead wound up with four at-bats Tuesday against the Royals and hit a game-tying homer in the 12th.

Nunez almost came up big again with the Red Sox down a run in the 13th, but his drive to center field was caught at the wall. Nunez, who still isn't running at full speed after injuring his knee in the playoffs, might still get a real day off soon. He ended up playing six innings at second base after pinch-hitting for Tzu-Wei Lin tonight.
May 1 - 11:43 PM

Eduardo Nunez slugged a three-run homer in Friday’s 7-3 victory over the Orioles.

The Red Sox got to Chris Tillman for four runs in the first inning, and Nunez’s blast over the Green Monster was the biggest blow. The 30-year-old has yet to steal a base, but he’s contributed with a .271/.314/.500 batting line to go along with two homers, six RBI, and nine runs scored through 12 games.
Apr 14 - 12:49 AM

Eduardo Nunez contributed two hits Wednesday in the Red Sox’s win over the Yankees.

Nunez beat out an infield single in the second and led off the third inning with a double to left field. Both hits came off Sonny Gray, who was pounded for six runs—two of them scored by Nunez—in only three innings of work. Nunez seemed to be favoring his knee after his infield hit and was replaced by Brock Holt at second base following a 45-minute rain delay in the sixth inning. It’s the same knee that caused him trouble down the stretch last season. At least the weather is finally starting to warm up in Boston with temperatures expected in the 60s on Friday. That's good news for Nunez and his balky knee.
Apr 12 - 11:20 PM

Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-4 with a two-run, inside-the-park home run in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

It was a case of some unfamiliarity between center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and new left fielder Denard Span as the two converged on a soft fly ball from Nunez, as the ball bounced between them and a sliding Span took out Kiermaier, allowing Nunez to race around the bases. Nunez also doubled in the game. He was terrific after joining the Red Sox midseason last year, and should be a strong offensive player once again in a potent Sox offense.
Mar 29 - 7:52 PM

Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in a spring win over the Astros on Saturday.

All three hits were singles, including one in the sixth inning that plated Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts to put the game out of reach. Nunez will serve as a super-utility player this year and has the talent to put up nice fantasy numbers if he gets enough playing time. He had a .313 batting average with 12 homers and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year. He stole 40 bags the year before.
Mar 24 - 7:26 PM

Red Sox signed INF/OF Eduardo Nunez to a one-year, $4 million contract with a $4 million player option for 2019.

The buyout for the player option is $2 million, so Nunez is guaranteed at least $6 million and he can also net an additional $2 million in incentives. Nunez batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 homers and 24 steals across 491 plate appearances for the Giants and Red Sox last season. He'll play second base while Dustin Pedroia (knee) recovers and then can shift to a super utility role.
Feb 18 - 9:56 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the option for 2019 in Eduardo Nunez's new contract with the Red Sox is likely to be a player option.

It makes sense after Nunez took a one-year deal when it seemed like he'd probably get at least a couple years. The contract is not yet official, as the utility player still needs to pass a physical.
Feb 16 - 2:36 PM

According to FanRag's Robert Murray, the Red Sox and Eduardo Nunez have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with an option for 2019.

A three-year deal for Nunez seemed likely at the end of the regular season last year, but then he hurt his knee in the postseason and the free agent market collapsed. It benefits the Red Sox, who get a versatile player on a short-term deal. Nunez can start at second base on Opening Day and move into a utility role after Dustin Pedroia returns.
Feb 15 - 6:34 PM's Ian Browne reports that the Red Sox and free agent Eduardo Nunez are talking and could be close to a new deal.

As one of the teams willing to exceed the luxury tax, the Red Sox need to flex some of that financial muscle. Nunez likely would rather have had a clear starting job elsewhere, but the Red Sox can use him to replace Dustin Pedroia (knee) early on and likely will be able to find room for him on a semi-regular basis after Pedroia returns. If the price tag has come down some, the reunion makes a great deal of sense.
Feb 15 - 6:12 PM's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Braves have expressed "serious interest" in Eduardo Nunez.

Nunez could take over as the Braves' starting third baseman, shifting Johan Camargo to a utility role. Atlanta thinks that third base prospect Austin Riley could be ready to take over at the hot corner as soon as 2019, but Nunez has the flexibility to move to another position or become a super utility player if need be. The Rays, Yankees and Red Sox are also in on the 30-year-old.
Feb 8 - 6:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays have "checked in" on the market for Eduardo Nunez.

The cost-conscious Rays are hoping that Nunez's asking price will drop closer to their comfort zone, but with the Yankees and Red Sox also in pursuit that may be unlikely. Nunez was also said to be drawing free agent interest from the Mets before they signed Todd Frazier earlier this week to a two-year, $17 million deal. Nunez, 30, batted .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games last year between San Francisco and Boston while appearing defensively at shortstop, third base, second base, and both corner outfield spots. He'd be a nice late-offseason addition for a range of clubs.
Feb 7 - 12:12 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier are the Mets' leading choices to bolster their infield.

Rosenthal notes that the Mets are a bit leery of Frazier's intentions, thinking he could be using them in order to leverage a better offer from the Yankees. Nunez is reportedly fully healthy and has been working out in the Dominican Republic. He could wind up being an intriguing fantasy commodity if he lands in the right situation.
Feb 3 - 10:08 AM

Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports free agent 3B Eduardo Nunez worked out in front of Red Sox brass in the Dominican Republic this week.

Nunez battled a sore knee down the stretch last season but it did not require surgery and he has been given a clean bill of health by doctors. The Red Sox could use him at second base while Dustin Pedroia recuperates from his knee injury. When Pedroia returns, Nunez could utilize his positional versatility to get regular playing time in a super-utility role. The Mets are also rumored to be interested in Nunez. He turned in a .313 batting average with 12 homers, 58 RBI and 24 steals in 114 games with the Giants and Red Sox last year.
Jan 19 - 6:34 PM

Depth Charts

C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Steven Wright
11Bobby Poyner