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Yankees designate Eduardo Nunez for assignment

Apr 1, 2014, 4:46 PM EST

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Eduardo Nunez, who not so long ago was viewed by many people as the Yankees’ heir apparent to Derek Jeter, has been designated for assignment.

Nunez was never actually a very good bet to become the Yankees’ long-term solution at shortstop, which some jerks liked to point out on the internet in 2011. Still, it’s somewhat surprising that New York is cutting bait completely considering he’s been a semi-regular as a utility man.

However, he can’t play defense well enough for shortstop and can’t hit well enough for third base, batting .267 with 10 homers and a .692 OPS in 827 career plate appearances through age 26. Yangervis Solarte is the Yankees’ new utility man with Brendan Ryan hurt and Nunez is likely headed to the waiver wire.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    What?

    Another highly touted Yankee prospect who in actuality sucks?

    Next you’ll be saying Jesus Montero isn’t the next Jorge Posada too.

    • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Highly touted? Hope you’re kidding me.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        The Yankees farm system which has always been ranked near the middle of the pack, never had Nunez anywhere near the top 5 (his highest rating ever was 8th in which it came after a year where he had a .782 OPS in AA (and his fielding percentage was actually a respectable .976)

        Trust the fan’s words, none of us had high expectations for Nunez. Only Cashman.

    • hbk72777 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Idiot, he was a back up infielder

    • genericcommenter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      He was never regarded as a prospect at all.

  2. jolink653 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I know, right? Not like they’ve ever developed the best second baseman in baseball through their system or anything

    • bblair917 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      or the best closer or all-time, or a first ballot HOFer, or gold glove caliber LF/CF or…oh you get the point.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        20+ years ago.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        tfbuckfutter, what’s the difference if it was 20+ years ago for Rivera? Rivera a top closer every single year since he became one. He had a WHIP below 1.00 in 5 of his last 6 seasons and an ERA under 2.00 in 4 of his last 6 seasons, all from the ages of 38 through 43. Only had a 3 ERA one time (since 1997 that is).

      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        you have to give tbuttfutter a break, his hatred for the greatest sports organization of all time blinds his ability to think clearly

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        Here’s some fun:

        http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2014-new-york-yankees-top-10-prospects/

        http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/organization-top-10-prospects/2010/269277.html

        https://www.baseballamerica.com/online/leagues/mlb/yankees/00top10.html

        Top Yankees prospect each year since Jeter:
        1995 Ruben Rivera, of
        1996 Ruben Rivera, of
        1997 Ruben Rivera, of
        1998 Eric Milton, lhp
        1999 Nick Johnson, 1b
        2000 Nick Johnson, 1b
        2001 Nick Johnson, 1b
        2002 Drew Henson, 3b
        2003 Jose Contreras, rhp
        2004 Dioner Navarro, c
        2005 Eric Duncan, 3b
        2006 Phil Hughes, rhp
        2007 Phil Hughes, rhp
        2008 Joba Chamberlain, rhp
        2009 Austin Jackson, of
        2010 Jesus Montero, c
        2011 Jesus Montero, c

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        HOFers. All of them.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Okay Sux fan, here are the Red Sox top prospects since 1995

        1996- Donnie Sadler
        1997- Nomar
        1998- Brian Rose
        1999- Dernell Stanson
        2000- Steve Lomansey
        2001- Brad Baker
        2002 – Seung Song
        2003- Hanley Ramirez
        2004- Hanley Ramirez
        2005- Hanley Ramirez
        2006 – Jon Lester
        2007 – Dice-K
        2008 – Clay Buzholz
        2009 – Lars Anderson
        2010 – Ryan Westmoreland
        2011 – Jose Iglesias
        2012 – Will Middlebrooks
        2013- Xaiver Boagerts

        “HOFers. All of them”

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        I think I count 7 guys who have made All-Star games on that list.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Al tfbuckfutter, you’re making a valid point how not so strong the Yankees farm system is. Eduardo Nunez was never ranked higher than 6th on the Yankees list (and that was way back in 2005).

        Face the facts, MANY top prospects do not pan out. That goes for every team in the bigs, not just the Yankees.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        Nope, my bad….

        Dice-K didn’t make the All Star Game (but he did finish 4th in Cy Young voting). And Middlebrooks, Xander and Iglesias all have plenty of time.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        I meant Also, not Al, sorry.

        Sure they got plenty of time, as does Austin Jackson. Valid point. Keep in mind there are more Red Sox players there (16) than Yankee players (11). Also, we said HOF, not All Star.

        As far as the Yankee players go, Milton, Contreras, Navarro, and Hughes were at one time or another all stars. Surprised Nick Johnson was never an all star. Not that he was a great great player, but his career OBP was an extremely high .399

  3. chunkala - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Highly touted y whom? Baseball media, HBT?
    I never heard any top prospect nonsense about Nunez.
    Any touting by NYY is to ensure tradeability – see Montero.

    I’ve been following your ridiculous comments the past few weeks, just wondering who’s your team again?
    It’ll be easier to paint the picture behind your usual nonsensical comments.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      http://voxxi.com/2014/02/13/eduardo-nunez-derek-jeter-successor/

      “The Yankees have also had so much confidence in Nuñez that they considered him untouchable in off-season trade negotiations, according to baseball sources.”

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/678227-new-york-yankees-do-you-pay-any-price-for-king-felix-hernandez

      “Apparently, Francesca was saying that the Yankees would have to also include a couple of position players who are ready to play in the majors right now.

      There are a few players who might fill that bill and Eduardo Nunez is the first that comes to mind.

      But last year, when the Yankees were trying to rent Cliff Lee in July, Cashman declared Nunez off limits. He was willing to trade Montero—his highest rated prospect—but not Nunez.”

      http://www.thesportsbloggers.com/mlb-sports/new-york-yankees/1990

      “Going into the 2014 MLB season, Nuñez continues to be regarded highly by the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman, and Manager Joe Girardi as a four-tool player, even to the point of claiming him ‘untouchable’ in trade negotiations over the years and not pursuing free agent and former Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew this off-season.”

      But yeah. They never overrated him or anything.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Cliff Lee and Derek Jeter were free agents after that season. Jeter very well could have left and the Yankees would have practically no SS on the team. Their farm has been very weak in the infield for a long time. Nunez was their only “good” shortstop at the time.

        Know who is more highly touted than Nunez? The player that Cliff Lee was in fact traded for in Justin Smoak.

      • hbk72777 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Do you realize who you quoted here?

        Not like just anyone can write for the Bleacher report. nosiree

      • chunkala - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        The following is sincere, not sarcasm…
        Well thanks for putting time into research this, I never see people actually backup their comments like this. That being said, I never thought much of him and as another poster said, I think Cashman might have been the only one.
        Another point you didn’t mention was that the Yankees drafted and cultivated many All-Stars in the 1980s but decided to trade them away because of a bad front office – (McGee, Buhner, McGriff, Drabek, etc.) and they may have fired good scouts off of a knee jerk reaction from the way these guys turned out. Thus, the next 20 years wasn’t as glowing but they still had Rivera, Jeter, Williams, Pett, etc.
        Since 2002, NYY have decided to purchase proven stars instead of build from within, so its not really fair to say that they can’t do it, because obviously they’re not trying.

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        chunkala, I appreciate the response. I don’t care much about the history, which is why I’m more focused on the post-Jeter/Rivera/Pettite era.

        My issue is the fact that the Yankees somehow cultivate the IDEA that they have top-tier prospects when they don’t (instead of cultivating the talent itself), they portray them as untouchable, somehow other scouts and the media buy this notion, and the end result is they end up trading for a hot commodity (whether it pans out or not), and the other team ends up with a big old bag of dogcrap.

        I don’t understand why other teams keep buying the hype that Jesus Montero or Drew Henson (Haha, at least the Yanks bought their own hype on him and reacquired him after trading him) are actually going to be stars.

  4. doncorleone17 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    He might be switching teams but that don’t mean he’s switching cities the Mets may sign him since we need a short stop

    • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      That’s my guess too actually.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      I thought that, then realized i believe AL teams have first priority over NL teams, so he’s likely headed to Toronto or Texas id imagine

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        Why would Texas want him? They have too many SS as is and have more than enough depth in the minors.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        2B til profar gets back. Nunez was a UTIL guy at one point anyway

  5. pisano - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Long overdue, Nunez (Hands of Stone) would have a hard time fielding in any league. The Yankees were overly patient with him, hoping he’d improve, but it’s just not gonna happen, Ciao Edurado.

  6. uyf1950 - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Surprised it’s taken this long for the Yankees to come to their senses with Nunez. I do like some of the other posters comments here (insert sarcasm). Criticizing Nunez as a prospect, I guess some of them forget to look in the mirror, afraid that Jackie Bradley might be looking back at them. Whether they are willing to admit it or not he’s been a bust.

    • sparkyxproof - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Uyf those are most likely Yankee Fans like me making those comments. When you see how bad your teams Judgment of talent is. You kind of get annoyed,

    • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Don’t forget Middlebrooks as well.

    • negaduck - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Bradley is a 23 year old who has had one season of each AA and AAA. Calling him a bust now is as ridiculous as calling Nunez a highly touted prospect.

      • drewzducks - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        What do you mean? He’s had 108 plate appearances in his “lengthy” career. Clearly a “bust”. In all seriousness, the guy already has GG caliber defensive ability but I’ve always been concerned about his bat. Almost like the OF version of Iglesias but with a bit less glove and a bit more bat.

      • chunkala - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Plus, he gets to play in Fenway 81 times.
        he’ll hit 40 HRs one season then leave a become nothing like every ex-Sox player.

    • Reflex - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      I’ll just put this here. If Pisano could reply I would have fun adding his reply to the below quote as well. The Bautista comparison was quite amusing in retrospect…

      Nunez may not be the end all for the Yankees at SS. But there probably isn’t one poster on here can can say with the straight face that Jeter would be a better option then Nunez in the final 3 years of Jeters current contract. Nunez if he can improve his defense which I believe he can with “regular” playing time and some more experience would be a much more viable option at SS in 2012 and beyond then Jeter, in my opinion.

      As for the comments about he probably won’t amount to much (much words, but the general theme of this blog) in the future because of his very limited past. I wonder how many of you in 2007, 2008 and 2009 had words of praise for Bautista or would have written him off. Let’s get past the 1st chapter of a players career before we decide to close the book on him and write him off. That’s just my opinion

      – ufy1950 (in 2011 from the link above)

  7. nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    My favorite Eduardo Nunez moment:

    • pisano - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Great video, the guy really is pathetic on defense.

      • dcarroll73 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        There are multiple reasons why New-Yorkers (if you don’t like this orthography, take it up with the Historical Society) name him, “NUNE5″ (and since he was a utility fielder, he could effectively be NUNE6 or NUNE4 as well.) As a Yanks fan, I have mixed emotions about this move. On one hand, the guy had his issues on defense, but on the other hand there are many concerns about the health and reliability of their infield. This could be a first shoe dropping with another to come (I just ‘drew’ a logical conclusion from the evidence.)

  8. favrewillplay4ever - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Buck, who’ve been your precious Jays most highly touted prospects in that span again?

    Ignore his drivel… Nothing positive to speak of with his confused birds so he’s always gotta knock on the Yanks every chance he can.

    • jerze2387 - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      hey hey now. Leave JP arencibia, Brett Wallace, David Cooper, Eric Thames, And Brad Eamus out of this

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      I have to agree.

      The Blue Jays and Yankees recent track record with development is almost equal levels of terrible.

      Of course, at least the Blue Jays don’t somehow get people to think their prospects aren’t turds-covered-with-hair-and-set-on-fire.

      • nyyanksrdbest - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Agree with you on this one lol

  9. @thekid9ball - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Reblogged this on The Fantasy Forensic.

  10. cackalackyank - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Adieu Eduardo. Hope you land on your feet. Oh, wait, knowing you that’s virtually impossible.

  11. elvin2014 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Eduardo Núñez is a good baseball player….He will prevail!

  12. mikhelb - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Since it is easier to find an infielder with a more or less “good bat” and poor glovework (Núñez can get to the ball and field it accurately but fails in trying to pick it up and throw accurately, which is even worse because he won’t learn at his age), I think the Yankees will have to keep him stacked in the minors until Solarte ends up not hitting after spending weeks in the bench getting just work fielding and not even pinch hitting (one of JoeG’s deficits as manager is not knowing how to use his pinch hitters and his bench: Vernon Wells played for two months as regular in 2013 where he could not get an extrabase; they had Ben Francisco in the bench but he didn’t hit when used which was like a handfull of times until he was DFA’d; Francisco won the role over Juan Rivera in ST even when Ben couldn’t hit).

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