Eduardo Nunez has now hit the next level in his contract for 2019 and will be compensated at $5 MM unless he chooses to opt-out. Last season there was no real market despite Nunez fine season and expect a similar repeat as Nunez will take the money and stay entrenched in Boston for another season.
The downside for Nunez at second base is easily displayed when he drops his bat and grabs his glove to trot out to second. Nunez does lead the American League second basemen in one dubious category – DRS, but the leadership is a -14. The accompanying -5.7 UZR/150 further solidifies Nunez’s limited ability at second.
What Nunez does offer is some decent hitting, good speed on the bases, and a bit of pop in his bat. The downside with a Nunez plate appearance is a career 4.6 BB% and this season just a 3.0 BB%. Nunez strike zone is apparently somewhere between both on deck circles.