A Swinging Strike
Dustin Pedroia is out for the first two months of the season and Rafael Devers considers each ground ball contaminated with U-235, so the idea is to have a bit of backup for second base and late inning defensive support. They have not done it – yet.
Brock Holt is a below average defensive player whose bat is in hibernation. Maybe it was the concussions or maybe not? Anyways Boston signed him. Eduardo Nunez took the brunt of innings at second when Pedroia went DL. Nunez can hit which balances out some occasional shoddy glove work.
Some rather significant names surfaced including Ian Kinsler – still one of the best at second base. Kinsler is now safely stashed out west. Maybe Boston is hoping hold overs Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero can contribute? Lin was impressive, but his MLB experience is just about six weeks. Marrero has been up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box with his exceptional glove work and a bat that challenges the Mendoza Line.
The key at this point to turn this away from a whiff and into a base hit is simple – sign Nunez. Nunez has a .300 bat, intensity, and versatility. His projected price tag is two-years at $14 million. Just do it!