The Boston Red Sox\’s search for a third baseman is over, after a recent trade with the San Francisco Giants. They acquired utility player Eduardo Nunez from San Francisco in exchange for minor league RHPs Shaun Anderson and Greg Santos.
The Red Sox recently released overpayed and struggling 3B Pablo Sandoval, who conveniently signed with the Giants. Since then, they haven\’t had a 3B. They did call up the MLB\’s 4th best prospect, 3B Rafael Devers, but at 20 years of age isn\’t the answer for them for this year only. In Nunez, they acquire a proven MLB veteran who also provides speed on the base paths. I can definitely see him working out in Boston. They give up a pair of minor leaguers, but you have to give to get.
Nunez, 30, has a .308 batting average, four homers, 31 RBIs and 18 steals in 318 Plate Appearances this season. In eight years for the Giants, Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees, Nunez has a .279 batting average, 38 homers, 218 RBIs and 123 stolen bases in 2157 Plate Appearances.
The Giants, have been the worse surprise in the 2017 season. They were expected to make the playoffs, but instead are 31.5 games out of the division lead. So, they might as well trade veterans. They get two prospects in Anderson, who was the Red Sox 18th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and Santos, who wasn\’t on their top 30.
Anderson, 22, has a 6-3 record and 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings in Single-A and High-A in 2017.
Santos, 19, has a 0.90 ERA and a 2-0 record in seven starts in the Dominican league this year.
I think the Red Sox win this trade. It\’s simple. They get a major leaguer for a High-A player and a Dominican league player. That\’s why they win.
For more on this trade, check out my YouTube video on it.