Yankees designate Eduardo Nunez for assignment

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The Yankees have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, Joe Girardi announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Yangervis Solarte. The team has ten days to trade, release, or pass Nunez through waivers. He might get claimed since middle infielders are in short supply, but I’ve been wrong about the last bench spot literally the entire time, so don’t listen to me.

Nunez, 26, hit .267/.313/.379 (86 wRC+) with ten homers and 48 steals in 827 games for the Yankees over the last four seasons. He was a competent backup infielder at the plate, but his defense was a disaster and it just didn’t improve. It started to become clear the Yankees were growing tired of him over the winter when they brought in guys like Solarte, Dean Anna, and Scott Sizemore to compete with him directly. It would have been very easy to take Nunez north instead of Solarte, so this is another good sign. We’ll always have this, Eddie. (This too.)

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  • https://twitter.com/cfrs15 Robert

    April Fools! No way the Yankees would do that to the short stop of the future.

    • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

      Remember when we could’ve traded him for…anything?

    • Scott Lucas

      HA now thats an april fools joke, guy was a dud. Let him be someone elses problem now

  • Dan

    Unreal, I thought this was an April fools joke until I saw it reported by multiple beat writers.

    Before ST, I really thought all Nunez had to do to make the team was be close to the guys who were up for the last bench spot. Clearly I was wrong.

    • Dave Guarnieeri

      He very well, may have asked the front office for this. Some MLB can use him.

    • lightSABR

      They have to have a trade lined up. Otherwise, even with his awful defense, I really can’t believe he’s worth less to the team than Claiborne.

      • Dan

        Agreed. I think they’ll be able to trade him in the next 10 days. So many teams need IF depth. He’s not worth more than a mid-level prospect.

        Remember when we didn’t get Lee so we could keep Nunez?

  • Dalek Jeter

    I actually feel a little bad for Nunie.

    • JKK

      Well, if Nunez was part of the trade to Seattle for Cliff Lee, Yanks could have won the WS that year with CC, Lee and Andy at the top of the rotation instead of Lee pitching against the Yanks. 2010 could have been ring #6 for DJ.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

        Yup. Stunning that he once had (positive) value.

      • vicki

        first Fallacy of the new season?

        • Havok9120

          It appears so.

      • Preston

        It wasn’t just Nunez. The original trade was Jesus Montero, David Adams an a PTBNL. When Adams flunked his physical they asked for Nunez instead and wanted to upgrade the PTBNL to Ivan Nova. Obviously Nova hasn’t been Lee. But he’s a pretty good pitcher and he’s cost controlled through 2017. Lee probably would have pitched for a half season and left for Philly anyways. Plus it now appears that we might get something out of Michael Pineda. So the trade is really valueing 1/2 season of Lee, or 6 years of Nova and 4 years of Pineda.

        • Paco Dooley

          well, they might not have won that year, but if you are that close to winning it all it can be worth the cost. Lee was insanely good that year and the NYY were pretty close to being a championship quality team, so in retrospect I do that deal even if it means no Nova or Pineda on the 2014 team

          • Preston

            I get it, and that’s reasonable. My only point was that it’s hyperbolic to say it was Nunez that was holding up the deal.

          • Havok9120

            They were already championship quality. It just didn’t happen.

            The idea that the only “championship quality” teams are those that win/make the World Series annoys me.

            • Preston

              I agree with what you’re saying generally. But you can always be a better championship quality team.

  • Petebest

    Didn’t see that coming

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    How do you make it all the way to the last minute of the 25th roster spot then get DFA’d hours later?

    • Dave Guarnieeri

      By request?

    • Paco Dooley

      someone said this above and it sounds like the most obvious answer – he will be part of a package. They needed the 40 man slot ASAP for todays game and perhaps he will be combined with a couple of other pieces for a useful player, or for a minor leaguer that doesn’t need a spot on the 40 man.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    All of you Solarte apologists just got your wish.

  • Manny

    April Fools?

  • Andrew

    The April Fool’s joke will be carried out by all the people actually pissed Nuney got DFA’ed.

  • Rob S.

    I just don’t see how they can afford to throw away infield depth right now.

    • MB923

      Nunez in the IF is Death, not Depth.

      • Wicomico Pinstripes


  • DERP

    A little surprising, but whatever.

    Maybe they have a trade lined up.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Wouldn’t they have just traded him then?

      • Yankee$

        Maybe the other team needs to create 40 man flexibility first.

  • The Other Matt

    Nunez DFA’d and Solarte takes his number to boot.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mattpat11 Matt DiBari


  • Dalek Jeter

    …I sort of don’t believe you until you post a source Mikey. It is April Fools Day after all. =P

  • Havok9120

    I really don’t get how this isn’t the April Fools.

    Be pretty great if Freisand was just pulling his Twitter follower’s legs and everyone else picked it up.

  • Havok9120

    I don’t like it unless there is already a trade lined up.

    • nyyankfan_7

      What don’t you like? I get that the Yankees are in short supply of middle infield help but Nunez has proven he is absolutely incapable of playing the field. Just heard on an ESPN podcast that he was dead last in all of MLB last year in runs saved on defense. Why do we need to keep him over Claiborne who at least has flashed some semblance of a major leaguer in the the big leagues thus far.

      Nunez numbers are awful and I find it hard to believe that between Ryan, Anna, Sizemore and Solarte they don’t have someone capable of replacing him for the next how ever many years they could have used Nunez for.

      The saddest part of this whole day is the fact that they missed out on Cliff Lee because they didn’t want to give them Nunez, after they said no to David Adams because of his medicals. Hopefully Pineda pitches well enough for all of us to forget that we could have had Lee, but that is high hopes.

      • Kosmo

        A utility INF who can´t field isn´t worth much. I´m sure NY has tried to move Nunez this offseason but couldn´t find a sucker.

        • Pineda Colada

          But but….He has an 80 helmet tool!

      • Havok9120

        Sizemore might be gone in a month and I really see no reason to assume Solarte is going to be worth a 40 man spot all year.

        I’m not a Nunez fan by any means, but I don’t like losing the depth when they’ve made it clear that Drew is not an option.

        • Kosmo

          with Ryan, Anna, Solarte and Sizemore NY has plenty of depth and versatility.

        • Scott Lucas

          If solarte does what he did in ST, he’ll be our new cano just not 30+ homeruns, solarte is a great hitter

          • Havok9120

            If every player in history lived up to their outlier ST numbers, the HoF would look a LOT different.

            • nyyankfan_7

              Rumor has it Jon Weber and Jake Fox are getting inducted into the HOF this year based on their Spring Training numbers.

        • Preston

          If Sizemore isn’t healthy and hitting enough to get the call in a month than he wasn’t worth having. Solarte might not be worth a 40 man roster spot. But the guys who watched him play everyday think he’s better than Nunez, I doubt that’s because of his hot offense at the start of ST. He could be a significant downgrade on offense and the bases and still be better than Eduardo if he can be even average in the field, just the way that Jayson Nix was.

  • Chris

    Mets should try and pick him up.

    • RetroRob

      They will, or some other team will.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    A bit surprising, but I can’t get too worked up over losing a below replacement level defensive hack.

  • Matty Ice

    Nunez went through the waiver wire, and then 30 seconds later his helmet went too.

    • The Other Matt

      Going to miss Nuni and his helmet flying off: every ground ball, stolen base, extra base hit, running off the bench, etc.

  • Chin Music

    Say what you will about the accuracy of dWAR, but a -3.5 over the course of four seasons was quite an accomplishment.

    Happy trails, Señor Scissorhands.

  • http://www.twitter.com/thewallbreakers Scully


    Brian Cashman: 0

  • Dave Guarnieeri

    People don’t realize the impact of Japanese revenue. But, do they need 3 guys from Japan to capture Japanese $$$$$?

    What it does though, increase, albeit decimated at this point in time, Ichiro’s trade value.

    If he does a few good things this month, perhaps they can get a decent prospect and not have to pay any of Ichiro’s salary.

  • mitch

    Definitely unexpected, but Nuney was clearly 5th on the depth chart behind Jeter, Ryan, Anna, and Solarte.

  • Johny C

    Nunez is a below average defensive player. And to think, tThis was the guy the yankees wouldnt trade for Lee.

  • JGYank

    Honestly, he’s the only guy worth giving up on our 40 man for Sorlarte. Everyone else on the 40 man is needed or has more potential/upside. He was so close too. Must be devastated. Feels like the yanks have suddenly changed their opinion on him.

  • OB/GYN Kenobi

    Didn’t see that coming, even on April Fools Day.

    When Solarte turns into a pumpkin this may seem regrettable.

    I think Sandy Alderson is already on the phone to Nuñez’ agent.

    • Mr. Roth

      “When Solarte turns into a pumpkin this may seem regrettable. ”

      I think Nunez turned into a pumpkin a few times already.

      • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

        I’ve had him as pie on several occasions, in fact.

        Mmmmmm. Pumpkin pie. Have to bake a few more before this spring thing actually takes hold.

  • jsbrendog

    Eddard’s head just exploded hahahahahaha

  • Kvothe

    Well, so much for that subreddit charity thing involving Nunez’s helmet.

    • heyheykid

      What sub was this? As a guy who spends more time on reddit than I care to admit…I’ve never heard of such a thing.

  • Mike HC

    Axisa has been so far ahead of the Yanks on this whole Nunez isn’t good thing, he couldn’t believe the Yanks finally caught up.

  • The Other Matt

    Cashman should get on the phone with Sandy Alderson and say he wants Wilmer Flores for Nunez straight up. And when Alderson hangs up he should call him back and say April Fools, we really want David Wright.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    has anyone checked on Eddard’s health?

    • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster

      Has anyone ever seen Nooney and Eddard in the same place at the same time???

      • gageagainstthemachine

        The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing people he could throw a ball across the diamond.

  • Wheels

    Maybe he’ll perform better outside of the New York pressure cooker.

  • TWTR

    Given the makeup of the roster, I would have kept him in the system.

  • PunkPitch

    I hope the Red Sox claim him.

  • RetroRob

    The will rue the day, I say. Rue, damnit, rue!

    Good luck, Nunie. May you not kill someone’s mother behind 1B on whatever team you land.

    • TWTR

      Bring back Chuck Knoblach! (but this time, aim for the son)

  • The Other Matt

    Mark my words: One of the teams in the AL East or the Mets will pick up Nunez, and he will come back and have a big moment against the Yankees this season.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      Nuney can have his moment. I’ll gladly take an entire season of non-Nuney moments in the Bronx in return. No hesitation.

      • Mr. Roth

        lol This!!

    • Preston

      My immediate reaction to this was, that’s crazy. But come to think of it, Baltimore and Toronto both have glaring holes at 2b. Maybe they’ll take a flier and see if he can be better with the shorter throw.

  • Preston

    I’m genuinely curious to see if somebody picks him up. The fact is the guy has been one of the worst defensive SS and 3B in the league. We all hoped it would get fixed because he obviously has the athleticism and arm strength to do the job. The coaches who see him everyday obviously see no indication that it is or ever will get better.

    • RetroRob

      Cashman said it himself. He is the type of player you dream on because of the speed, the arm strength, etc.

      I’d be very surprised if some team didn’t pick him up, either by trade or a straight pick up if he were to clear waivers. Some other team will dream on him, and if that team has an opening at SS, why not. He wouldn’t have to worry about doing well for his three or four games he gets to play, or being bounced around. Give him SS fulltime and see if he can put up a .270, 12 HR, 40 SB season, and hope the defense settles down enough if he plays regularly.

      That’s the dream. Unfortunately for Nunez and the Yankees, his fielding was more nightmare.

  • vicki

    that nuni/pena gif is my favorite thing ever.

  • Pineda Colada

    Wow I’m stunned

  • RetroRob

    Has to be a double blow to the ego that on a day in which Brendan Ryan is diagnosed with a cervical spine nerve injury, the Yankees still released Nunez.

    I’m guessing a cervical spine nerve injury is not as serious as it sounds.

    • Giancarlo Murphy

      Now when Girardi refers to “Cervy” we won’t know who he’s talking about. :(

  • Ro

    Nunez isn’t much different than many of us everyday. You go to work, you work hard, you get in with the guys. You often do everything textbook, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, the results aren’t there. Nice guy it seems like. Looked as if he took things seriously. Was in great shape (that means a lot – the motivation is apparently there). He is absolutely a nice buy for another team at this point. Not going to be a starter, but without question the Yanks should be able to work about a small trade.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      Nunez isn’t much different than many of us everyday. You go to work, you work hard…and still get fired.

      • Matty Ice

        Difference is, when my boss asks me for a pencil, I can give it to him without throwing it out the window.

  • Can0fer29

    827 games in 4 years? Hmmm.

  • TheJman

    At SS, Nunez makes Jeter look like Ozzie Smith and makes Ozzie Smith look for the nearest toilet to throw up into.