MLB Trade Grade: Boston Red Sox Acquire Eduardo Nunez From San Francisco Giants
During the Giants game tonight at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Giants agreed to terms on a deal that sent the third baseman Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox in exchange for two minor league pitching prospects.
During his tenure with the San Francisco Giants, Eduardo Nunez was the Giants versatile player who played in both the infield and outfield but primarily spent time at third base as he was their opening day starter. This season, Eduardo Nunez is playing at a high level as he has a batting line of .308/.334/.752. Eduardo Nunez joins the Red Sox and will likely be taking a step back as he will be used more as a utility player.
Heading to San Francisco are pitching prospects, Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos. Gregory Santos, 17-years old, is still a developing star and is currently playing in the Dominican Summer League where he holds a tremendous 0.90 ERA this year. Shaun Anderson is the key addition in this deal as he was ranked as the Red Sox #18 best overall prospect in their farm system. The Giants farm system has taken a hit over the years including pitching. The team currently has 1 pitcher ranked in their top 10 prospects. With the season lost the Giants could likely become sellers and bolster up their weak farm system.
Final Thoughts: This deal really aids both teams as the Giants are sounding like a team that can become sellers and they are a team that is in need of a farm system rebuild and they got two promising prospects who can aid in that. The Red Sox get Nunez who is very versatile playing every infield and outfield position. Eduardo Nunez is not a lock for starts every day but he is a solid utility piece and spot-starter for the Red Sox for the remainder of the year. Also, expect the Giants to potenially make more moves as they are listening to offers on Cueto and Samardzija.
Final Grades: San Francisco Giants: B | Boston Red Sox: B-