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Yankees don’t view Eduardo Nunez as option to replace Curtis Granderson

Feb 27, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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Brian Cashman shot down any chance of the Yankees signing Johnny Damon to replace the injured Curtis Granderson and the general manager also ruled out Eduardo Nunez as an option to play left field, saying: “I don’t think he profiles as an outfielder with the bat.”

That may surprise some Yankee fans because the knock on Nunez has mostly been about his shaky defense, but Cashman is right. Nunez has hit just .272 with a .318 on-base percentage and .384 slugging percentage in 180 games as a big leaguer after hitting even worse at Triple-A.

He adds some value with his speed, but Nunez simply doesn’t have the power or plate discipline associated with corner outfielders. They can do better as a short-term fill in, or at least they should be able to.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    “Yankees don’t view Eduardo Nunez as option to replace Curtis Granderson”, seriously why is that even news.

    • Old Gator - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      Because if they didn’t report it, and it later came out that Eduardo Nunez was not an option to replace Curtis Granderson, you’d be sitting there scrolling down yet another eighty-post comment section bemoaning the decline in journalistic integrity.

      Better just to report it and get it over with.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        It might have been news the first 12 times Cashman said Nunez wasn’t going to play a position other then SS. At some point point regurgitating the same news over and over is Insane.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Really? HIs defensive prowess doesn’t outweigh his lack of plate discipline? The guy’s like a cat out there…a cat with three legs and a lobotomy, but a cat nonetheless.

    • heyblueyoustink - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      ” a cat with three legs and a lobotomy ”

      Is there any other kind of cat? Aside from Andres Gallaraga?

  3. Kevin S. - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    This surprises no Yankee fans. He hits like a backup infielder. We never really rag on that (except when he gets overexposed because Joe keeps giving A-Rod and Jeter half-days off instead of using a dedicated DH) because it’s his glove that’s not up to the job. But that doesn’t mean we don’t also realize he’d be preposterously overexposed as an every day corner outfielder. It’s either muddle through with someone like Zoilo Almonte (who I have no real faith in) or see what the price tag on Soriano is.

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      I’d rather give Almonte a look-see. Soriano isn’t winning any gold gloves out there either.

  4. southofheaven81 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Eduardo Scissorhands’ best stretch at the plate was when he filled I. For Jeter almost every day for a couple months in 2011. He’s terrible in the field but as an everyday batter he’s got some pop.

  5. hushbrother - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    As a Red Sox fan I highly disagree with this decision, I think Nunez would make an excellent temporary, maybe even full-time, replacement in LF.

  6. cackalackyank - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    As everyone else has said this is not a surprise…especially since the NYY have said that they are sticking Nunez at SS and nowhere else. Nowhere else would seem to me anyway, to include him not being a fourth outfielder. When we look at Almonte, Rivera, etc I really have to say this is visible proof of what a lackluster offseason it was in New York. Yes, Rivera,Kuroda, Pettite and Youkilis were signed. But there is probably the thinnest bench in recent history. In fact recent might be the the only part of that comment that is stretching it. While it seems like the NYY have 50 pitchers in camp the OF options are a bad joke imo.

    • imbetterthanyou - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

      It’s mind boggling why they did not resign Ibanez. He is not an everyday starter but CAN play the field , can play in NY, and can be clutch. Signing Hafner as a last resort was a waste of time since he is made of glass and can’t play the field.

      • cackalackyank - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Yep, that was a surprise to me too. The only reason I can think of was the left handed bat, and I guess he felt he needed a bigger raise than NYY would give. Ibanez really played a whole heck of a lot more in the field than ever intended because of the Gardener injury and did not disgrace himself. It is probably a trick of the imagination, but he made that .221 average look a lot better than it was because it just seemed some of his hits were of that rare “timely” variety. I totall agree about Hafner, he has not had a “healthy” season in @ five years.

  7. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Please keep posting Nunez stories, so I can keep linking this .gif. Look at that defensive prowess from Nunez (and Ramiro Pena @3B!)

    best part is that was declared a hit!

    Single to 3B (Ground Ball to Weak 3B); Fukudome to 3B; Johnson to 2B

    • deathmonkey41 - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      I can’t tell you how happy I am that no matter what happens, the Yanks won’t be calling up Ramiro Pena this season. Joy.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        oh they still have Ramiro Pena, his name is just Cito Culver

  8. pisano - Feb 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Eduardo Nunez = Hands of Stone.

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