What is Eduardo Nunez?

These next two weeks are gonna be interesting.  With Derek Jeter missing thirteen games with that calf strain, we are going to be seeing a lot of Eduardo Nunez.  Nunez finally has his chance to prove what he can do: show off his speed, show off his arm, and show off that he’s a better hitter than people think.  But who is he proving this to?

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Nunez, 24 yesterday, is 4-for-11 in the three games he has started so far in Jeter’s place and has played very well overall.  He has shown he can steal bases and play a solid shortstop also.  But is he really the shortstop of the future.  Remember, Derek Jeter still has three more years left on his contract after this season, so Nunez can’t take over this season and he won’t take over next season.  And if he does take over the year after that or the year after that, what do you do with Jeter?

Nunez has also proven that he can play a little outfield.  While this may be true and he may be athletic enough to become a very good outfielder, the Yankees seem pretty content with their outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Swisher.  Swisher does have a vesting team option for next season so maybe his future isn’t too set in stone, but who’s bat would you rather have, Swisher’s or Nunez’s.  We all know Swish got off to a tough start this year, but he still kept his OBP up and is starting to hit the ball a lot better.  We don’t even know if Nunez can play the way he has every day yet.

The last option and I think the most likely is trade bait.  Nunez is a young infielder that has some good tools in his legs, arm, and average bat.  For a shortstop, that’s a pretty good package to have.  If Nunez keeps up the way he is playing, you can bet that Brian Cashman will be getting a lot of calls about him and asking what it will take to get him.  If this is the case, I hope Cashman takes full advantage of this and can catch something big.

So to sum it all up, we don’t really know what Nunez is yet, but logically, it would make sense if he was a trade chip.  All I know is that, the Yankees need pitching and if another GM offers something and the price is right with Eduardo included, they should pull the trigger


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