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Twins acquire Eduardo Nunez from Yankees for Miguel Sulbaran

The infielder will head to Minnesota after being designated for assignment by the Yankees.


The Minnesota Twins have acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez from the New York Yankees in exchange for left-hander Miguel Sulbaran, according to Twins' Director of Baseball Communications Dustin Morse. Nunez, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees last week, will be assigned to Triple-A Rochester.

Nunez, 26, will likely join the Twins' major league roster soon, providing depth behind Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon and Trevor Plouffe in the team's infield. Nunez has experience at second base, shortstop, third base, left field and right field in the major leagues, so his versatility will likely be useful for Minnesota.

In parts of four seasons with the Yankees, Nunez is a lifetime .267 hitter with 10 HR and 76 RBI. He hit .260 with 3 HR and 28 RBI in 90 games last season, but has consistently ranked among the worst defenders in the game.

Sulbaran, 20, was recently ranked by Beyond the Box Score as the 25th best prospect in the Twins' system. The lefty has now been traded twice in the last year, first coming over to the Twins from the Dodgers in a deadline deal that sent Drew Butera to Los Angeles. In 27 appearances (20 starts) split between the Twins and Dodgers Single-A affiliates, Sulbaran posted a 9-4 ERA and 2.96 ERA in 112.2 innings.