Eduardo Nunez

Rafael Devers reacts to Red Sox designating Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

Rafael Devers reacts to Red Sox designating Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

On Tuesday, the reactions from the Red Sox's decision to designate veteran infielder Eduardo Nuñez for assignment are surfacing. First, Nuñez thanked the Red Sox organization for "all the great moments" in Boston. 

Rafael Devers, Boston's stud third baseman, expressed surprise at the move on Tuesday. Since Devers entered the majors in 2017, he's had Nuñez as a close friend and veteran presence in the clubhouse. 

Nuñez, a main component of the 2018 World Series team, was key in mentoring younger players, including Devers and Xander Bogaerts. But Nuñez's lack of production this season made his designation an easy decision for President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. Nuñez is hitting .228/.243/.548, all career-lows.

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Here's Eduardo Nuñez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

Here's Eduardo Nuñez's message for Red Sox fans after DFA decision

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. 

Devers reacts to Sox decision to DFA Nuñez

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Red Sox designate Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

Red Sox designate Eduardo Nuñez for assignment

After Sunday night's extra innings loss to the National League-leading Dodgers, the Red Sox are making moves. 

Most notably, the Red Sox announced that they are designating Eduardo Nuñez for assignment. This means Boston is removing Nuñez from the 40-man roster, and he can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers within seven days. 

Nuñez, a hero of 2018's World Series run, has struggled this season to say the least. The 32-year-old is hitting .228 with a .243 on-base percentage, both career-lows. In the Red Sox second-baseman depth chart, he's behind Michael Chavis, Brock Holt and Marco Hernandez. 

Nuñez is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and he likely wouldn't bring back much in a trade as a veteran rental.  

The Red Sox also sent Hector Velázquez, who pitched in all three of Boston's post-All-Star Break games, to Triple-A Pawtucket. Velázquez (5.67 ERA) allowed three earned runs in extra innings against the Dodgers on Sunday night. 

To replace Velázquez and Nuñez, the Sox called up Ryan Weber and Sam Travis to help the bullpen and first basemen depth, respectively. 

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