Photo Credit: Frank Jansky / Icon SportsWire
The Hot Stove is beginning to finally heat up and there are plenty of big names that are left unsigned. Of course, the likes of Eric Hosmer, Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, and JD Martinez are still left unsigned.
The Red Sox have resigned Mitch Moreland, their lone move, aside from adding Bryce Brentz to the 40 man roster.
Perhaps the surprising exemption is Eduardo Nunez.
Are the Red Sox willing to resign the utility player that provided a spark in 2017?
In 2017, Dombrowski attempted to jolt the offense towards as the Trade Deadline grew closer. The first was adding Rafael Devers from AA and inserting him into the lineup as the new third baseman, replacing the disaster that was Pablo Sandoval.
After promoting Devers, Dealin’ Dave added Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. Immediately, Nunez provided a jolt in the Red Sox lineup. In the 38 games that he played for the Red Sox, Nunez spent most of his time playing second base filling in for Pedroia, as well as playing third and a bit of shortstop thus.
In a Red Sox uniform, Nunez provided very solid numbers:
.321 average / 53 hits / 12 doubles / 8 Home Runs / 27 RBI / 6 SB
Perhaps one of his larger moments was driving a double off the wall against Andrew Miller in the infamous Christian Vazquez Walk-Off game.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 2, 2017
Sadly, Nunez missed some time due to a sprained PCL ligament, which he suffered while sliding into second on a double. The injury required multiple DL stints and proved to be a lingering incident in the playoffs. Nunez was carried off the field after his only at-bat in the ALDS.
The utility man did not require off-season surgery, and with a full offseason off to recover he should be healthy, for when teams start reporting for Spring Training.
Dustin Pedroia has vowed to be ready for Opening Day, but with his injury track record, that still may not happen. If Pedey is unable to go, Marco Hernandez, Esteban Quiroz, Brock Holt, and Tzu-Wei Lin could compete for the starting job.
There are many wild cards in the middle infield and Eduardo Nunez would prove to be a valuable asset for the Red Sox to possess. The journeyman is unsigned with merely a few weeks remaining before Spring Training – meaning his market has been largely minimal.
If the Red Sox are wise, they’ll bring the 2017 spark plug back to Boston.