Yanks acquire breathing human for Eduardo Nunez


Brian Cashman has turned the recently-DFA’d Eduardo Nunez into a minor league pitcher. As the Yankees announced a few minutes ago, the team has acquired Miguel Sulbaran from the Twins in exchange for Nunez. Sulbaran is a 20-year-old lefty pitcher who has put up decent numbers with both the Twins and Dodgers since arriving in the U.S. in 2012, and he has yet to pitch above Single A.

Sulbaran was the player to be named later in the Dodgers’ deal for Drew Butera last year, and at the time, Dodgers’ bloggers seemed to rue the trade. That said, Sulbaran is a 5’10″ lefty who sits in the 89-90 mph range with breaking pitches described as “average.” Maybe he could one day be a bullpen arm, but for now, he’s org filler in acquired exchange for a bench player who was opportunities with the Yankees.

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  1. TWTR says:

    If someone has a BA subscription, could they summarize what is said here?

    Twins Intrigued With Polish Of Miguel Sulbaran

    • Here are the key parts:

      “He’s got three pitches, and he’s more polished than most 19-year-olds,” Radcliff said of Sulbaran, who simply switched Midwest League teams after the trade, and put up a 2.70 ERA in 20 innings for Cedar Rapids. “At that level, pitchability means he can get all three pitches over. He looks like he can use his breaking balls in counts where other guys can’t.”

      Sulbaran is barely 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, so the Twins are hopeful his velocity increases from its 91-92 mph ceiling as he gets older.

      Mike Radcliffe is the VP of player development for the Twins.

    • Mikhel says:

      Was he an OF or… uuh? “intrigued with OF Miguel Sulbarán” and later described as a P.

  2. pat says:

    Not sure about this Sulbaran guy. What’s his MPG? Hopefully over 30.

  3. Preston says:

    Sickels gave him a C+ rating, so he’s not exactly a non-prospect.

    • RetroRob says:

      Agreed. A C+ rating from Sickels for a player down in A ball is actually pretty decent. It means there could be something there beyond fogging a mirror.

      I’m not expecting anything, but he might be more than filler.

      • Preston says:

        I wonder if they start him or move him to the pen. 20 of his 23 appearances last season were starts, his lone appearance this season was in relief.

      • CashmanNinja says:

        The fact that he’s a lefty automatically gives value because if he fails as a starter, and as a reliever, then he could always make a career as a LOOGY. He’s also 20 years old so it gives him a long time to hone his pitches and fine tune his mechanics. I believe Adam Warren is 26; think about that…he’s 6 years older than this lefty. This new guy may not have the biggest ceiling there is, but I could totally see him get the most out of his talent because he’s a lefty and is young.

  4. pat says:

    Apparently the Kelly Blue Book value for a 1994 Sulbaran is a slightly used Eduardo Nunez.

  5. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    When I saw this pop up in my feed I had to double-check headline wasn’t coming from the Onion.
    Good luck Nuney.

  6. Dicka24 says:

    His minor league numbers don’t look too bad. Started quite a bit too. Decent K/9, and a BB/9 in the 2′s.

  7. Bronx Boy says:

    That was a big, sudden fall for a guy I figured was on the team up until two weeks ago. Good luck, Nunez.

  8. RetroRob says:

    So who is the starting SS for the Twins? I guess what I’m asking is there a chance that Nunez is now the starting SS for the Twins? More of a fantasy baseball interest. Nunez starting could mean 40 SBs from a weak position overall. (I play in an AL-only league, so you can’t draft a team of All Stars.)

    • Jarrod says:

      I’d pick him up in an AL-Only league, he will see plenty of playing time. Plus, now that the Yankees have traded him he will no doubt become an All Star.

      • RetroRob says:

        It wouldn’t shock me at all if Nunez triple slashed along at a .270/.330/.390 rate and chipped in 30 or so SBs, solid numbers for a SS in today’s environment. The glove is an issue, but if the Twins want to play him, he’s probably worth a pick up in deep leagues.

        It seems the Twins have already sent him to AAA, but that maybe just for some tune-games. I checked. Pedro Florimon is their current SS. The bar is low.

  9. Mike myers says:

    Sad to see him go. But a Ss that can’t throw to 1b isn’t a ss.

  10. Deep Thoughts says:

    It’s a good fit. With Phil Hughes pitching there won’t be many balls hit to the infield.

  11. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Twins have Nuney AND Hughes? I know one guy who won’t be booking a vacation in Minnesota any time soon, even if they balanced it out by signing Tatanka.

  12. Dan says:

    Thank God we didn’t trade him for Cliff Lee.

    • Winter says:

      They also wanted Nova in that trade. Now, I’d rather have Cliff Lee than Ivan Nova, but at least it makes it look a little less stupid.

      • Preston says:

        It’s also fair to include the fact that we got Pineda for Montero too. We would have gotten half a season of Lee for 5 cost controlled years of Nova and what is hopefully 4 of Pineda.

  13. TheJman says:

    To whomever is playing first base in Rochester, might I suggest getting a bigger mitt. One three feet wide should do.

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