Red Sox We did not expect THIS from infielder Eduardo Nunez
By Jake Ellis
When the Boston Red Sox acquired Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants, we did not expect to see a new revelation added to our infield.
When the 2017 trade deadline came around, the Red Sox had their eyes originally set on Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox. Frazier seemed like the perfect fit and was exactly what Boston wanted. Even though the Red Sox wanted him really badly, they were just not willing to give up what the White Sox wanted. So the White Sox abandoned their deal with the Red Sox, and moved on to the Yankees.
The White Sox not only wanted to give up Frazier, but also were dangling David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle as well. When the Yankees had the ability to give the White Sox what they wanted, the deal was done and the Yankees once again stole some candy that the BoSox were after.
The White Sox agreed to send Todd Frazier, David Roberston and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees for Tyler Clippard and three prospects. Their names were Ian Clarkin, a left-handed pitcher and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo. The price for Frazier, Robertson and Kahnle was steep, but to take what the Red Sox want most will always satisfy the Yankees and their fans.
Even though the Red Sox missed out on Frazier, they still needed to shore up their disastrous situation at third base. One name that had popped up repeatedly throughout the entire trade deadline was Eduardo Nunez. So when Dave Dombrowski missed out on the prize he wanted most, he moved on to Nunez.
The San Francisco Giants traded Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox for prospects Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. What the Red Sox got in Nunez was more than they could have ever expected. Since being traded from San Francisco, Nunez is batting a .330 average, has belted 5 home runs and has drove in 18 runs.
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Before he got to the Red Sox, Nunez was a .308 hitter, but he has hit more home runs in his short time in Boston than he did for the half season he was with the Giants (5 compared to 4). This type of production was unexpected but is definitely welcomed as the Red Sox continue their hunt for another World Series title.