Yankees designate Eduardo Nunez for assignment


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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  1. Robert says:

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

  2. Dan says:

    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 says:

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

    • lightSABR says:

      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 says:

        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?

  3. Dalek Jeter says:

    I actually feel a little bad for Nunie.

    • JKK says:

      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 says:

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

      • vicki says:

        first Fallacy of the new season?

      • Preston says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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.

  4. Petebest says:

    Didn’t see that coming

  5. King of Fruitless Hypotheticals says:

    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 says:

      By request?

    • Paco Dooley says:

      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.

  6. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    All of you Solarte apologists just got your wish.

  7. Manny says:

    April Fools?

  8. Andrew says:

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

  9. Rob S. says:

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

  10. DERP says:

    A little surprising, but whatever.

    Maybe they have a trade lined up.

  11. The Other Matt says:

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

  12. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  13. Havok9120 says:

    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.

  14. Havok9120 says:

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

    • nyyankfan_7 says:

      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 says:

        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.

      • Havok9120 says:

        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 says:

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

        • Scott Lucas says:

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

          • Havok9120 says:

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

            • nyyankfan_7 says:

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

        • Preston says:

          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.

  15. Chris says:

    Mets should try and pick him up.

  16. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

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

  17. Matty Ice says:

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

    • The Other Matt says:

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

  18. Chin Music says:

    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.

  19. Scully says:


    Brian Cashman: 0

  20. Dave Guarnieeri says:

    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.

  21. mitch says:

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

  22. Johny C says:

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

  23. JGYank says:

    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.

  24. OB/GYN Kenobi says:

    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 says:

      “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 says:

        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.

  25. jsbrendog says:

    Eddard’s head just exploded hahahahahaha

  26. Kvothe says:

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

    • heyheykid says:

      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.

  27. Mike HC says:

    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.

  28. The Other Matt says:

    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.

  29. Chip Rodriguez says:

    has anyone checked on Eddard’s health?

    • OB/GYN Kenobi, bushmaster says:

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

      • gageagainstthemachine says:

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

  30. Wheels says:

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

  31. TWTR says:

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

  32. PunkPitch says:

    I hope the Red Sox claim him.

  33. RetroRob says:

    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.

  34. The Other Matt says:

    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 says:

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

    • Preston says:

      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.

  35. Preston says:

    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 says:

      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.

  36. vicki says:

    that nuni/pena gif is my favorite thing ever.

  37. Pineda Colada says:

    Wow I’m stunned

  38. RetroRob says:

    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.

  39. Ro says:

    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 says:

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

      • Matty Ice says:

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

  40. Can0fer29 says:

    827 games in 4 years? Hmmm.

  41. TheJman says:

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

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