By MyFM's Jake Archer - Yesterday, the Red Sox and free agent infielder Eduardo Nunez struck a deal to remain together for at least one more year. The contract will also include and option for 2019 and money figures are not known yet. Nunez will need to pass a physical for everything to be official and while that is usually a formality, we know that is not the case here.
Nunez was out of the lineup for most of September last year as he was nursing a sprained PCL. When he did come back, for Game 1 of the ALDS, he immediatley re-injured his right knee and had to be carried off of the field. While the injury didn't require offseason surgery, it certainly slowed down his usual preparation as he had to rehab. Hopefully he's back to normal and will be ready to go in 2018.
While many fans are probably groaning about how this signing doesn't bring a ton of excitement, I love it. Nunez was great when he was on the field for Boston last year and he'll be an ideal fit to fill in for Dustin Pedroia until Pedey returns from an injury of his own. Nunez became a Red Sock in July in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. He batted .321 while providing unexpected pop (8 homeruns) in 165 at-bats. He's going to be a better option than Blake Swihart or Deven Marrero, I'd say. The infielder is a former All Star and it's actually kind of interesting that he decided to come back to Boston.
The thought was that Nunez would seek a starting spot, but in Boston that isn't guaranteed. Once Pedroia comes back, he's going to be the starter and Nunez will be relegated to super-utility duty. But with the historically slow market this offseason, Nunez probably was more inclined to take the Red Sox' offer. For me personally, I'm not counting Nunez out of taking that spot from Pedroia. We'll see how it all shakes out, but I'm happy to have him back.