Eduardo Nuñez's career with the Boston Red Sox didn't have the ideal ending, but he has plenty of fond memories to cherish from his time with the historic MLB franchise.
Nuñez delivered a message to Red Sox fans, via ESPN's Marly Rivera, after the team decided to designate him for assignment Monday.
“I’d like to thank all Red Sox fans for all the great moments we shared and the amazing experience of being World Champions. I only have positive things to say about the Red Sox organization, and I know my career will go on.”
Nuñez was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade with the San Francisco Giants in 2017.
Perhaps his most memorable moment in Boston came during Game 1 of the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nuñez hit a three-run pinch hit homer in the seventh inning that secured a series-opening win.
Nuñez was batting .228 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 60 games for the Red Sox before he was DFA'd.
The signing of the 28-year-old lefthander won't do a lot to inspire Red Sox fans. Perez has a career ERA of 4.72 and posted a 5.12 mark last season with the Twins. That said, he did go 10-7 and averaged a career-high 7.3 K/9, so perhaps the Red Sox see a hidden gem.
Perez, a starter, will likely slot into the back-end of the Red Sox rotation. He'll replace Rick Porcello, who agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets at the MLB Winter Meetings.
The Boston Red Sox bolstered their infield depth Thursday by agreeing to sign Jose Peraza to a one-year contract worth about $3 million plus incentives, per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Peraza made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Los Angeles Dodgers but spent the last four years with the Cincinnati Reds. He batted .239 with six home runs, 33 RBI and a .285 on-base percentage in 141 games during the 2019 season.
His best season came in 2018 when he batted .288 with 14 homers, 58 RBI and a .326 on-base percentage in 157 games for the Reds. All things considered, Peraza is a good buy-low candidate for the Red Sox, who also could help Boston replace Brock Holt if he departs in free agency.
Peraza is a good player. Had a much better 2018 but he can play multiple positions. Probably see a lot of time at 2B. He makes contact and can steal some bags. Doesn't look good for Holt although he hits RH. However, he and Holt would be a nice platoon and added versatility
The 25-year-old infielder brings plenty of positional versatility to the Red Sox. Peraza mostly played second base for Cincinnati this past season, but he also saw time at third base, left field and center field.