FORT MYERS, Fla. — Eduardo Nunez is back in the fold on a one-year deal with a player option for 2019.
The infielder doesn’t give the Sox the punch of J.D. Martinez, who remains a free agent. But he does give the Sox some depth and a veteran presence after a strong performance with Boston last season.
Nunez makes $4 million this season, and can make $4 million in 2019 with a $2 million buyout — so he’s guaranteed to make at least $6 million if he tests free agency after 2018.
But he can make up to $10 million over the two seasons if he sticks around for 2019. Nunez can make another $2 million in 2019: he can earn up to $1 million based on plate appearances in 2018, and another $1 million based on 2019 performance bonuses.
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The month of May has been kind to Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.
Two weeks after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, the 35-year-old from France won his first career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Pagenaud, who celebrated his birthday on May 18, beat out Alexander Rossi to capture the checked flag.
With one-and-a-quarter laps to go, Pagenaud passed Rossi for the lead and never gave it back.
Here's the thrilling finish, which was broadcast on NBC for the first time:
Will Power, the defending Indy 500 champion, finished fifth.
Pagenaud was so excited after his win that he dumped the entire bottle of milk over his head. When he tried to take a sip, there was nothing left.
Shortly after his big win, Pagenaud tweeted about the accomplishment, saying "Dreams do come true."
Pagenaud and his team capped off the memorable day by kissing the bricks. Must have been sweet.
The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite.
Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter.
In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race.
1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)