Eduardo Nunez

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Report: Former Red Sox infielder Eduardo Nunez to join Mets as non-roster invite to spring training

Midway through the 2019 MLB season, the struggling Boston Red Sox made an attempt to shake things up on their bench and get them back into the playoff race. That decision involved designating Eduardo Nunez for assignment.

Nunez spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox after he was acquired at the 2017 MLB trade deadline. Nunez quickly endeared himself to Boston fans by batting .321 and smashing eight homers in 38 games with the team.

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But after his first season, Nunez's production tailed off. He was still productive during the team's 2018 World Series run, though he was hampered by a knee injury, before things bottomed out in 2019. He was hitting just .228 at the time of his release and his defensive range was declining because of his balky knee.

Now, after remaining out of MLB work for almost half a year, it looks like Nunez is getting one more shot at sticking around in the MLB.

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, the New York Mets have invited Nunez to join them as a non-roster invite at spring training in 2020. 

It may be tough for Nunez to ultimately win a spot with the Mets, who also have former Red Sox shortstop/third baseman Jed Lowrie on the team. But he is going to be on a minor league deal as a result of this signing.

And if injuries strike and Nunez proves himself, perhaps he could eventually earn a roster spot.

We'll soon see what happens with Nunez, but it is nice to see the 32-year-old get another chance to play at the MLB level, even if it is just a spring training invite.

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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