The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year contract with infielder Eduardo Nunez that includes a player option for 2019, as as first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports. The deal will guarantee $6 million, with Nunez making $4 million in 2018 before a $4 player option (or $2 million buyout) kicks in for the 2019 campaign.
Ian Browne of MLB.com first reported that the Red Sox and Nunez had “gained momentum” in their negotiations and the two sides were close to a deal. Nunez also drew interest from the Yankees, Rays, Mets and Braves this offseason.
The 30-year-old Nunez had a solid season in 2017, posting a career-best .313/.341/.460 slash line while playing in 114 games for the Giants and the Red Sox, who acquired him at the non-waiver trade deadline to help them reach the postseason. Unfortunately, Nunez’s campaign ended in the ALDS when he suffered a knee injury against the Astros.
Along with his hitting, Nunez offers a ton of versatility, as he can play both second base and third base as well as shortstop. His versatility can give Boston a ton of flexibility, especially early this seasons because the club will be without All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia until mid-May as he recovers from knee surgery. Nunez is also two years removed from an All-Star appearance, earning a spot in the game while being a member of the Twins.