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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE FALLOUT: EDUARDO NUNEZ DEALT AT TRADE DEADLINE ONCE AGAIN

For the second time in two seasons, veteran SS/OF Eduardo Nunez found himself a wanted and ultimately traded man at the MLB trade deadline.  Last year it was Nunez being moved from the Minnesota Twins to the San Francisco Giants and this time around he made the journey from San Francisco to the Boston Red Sox in a deal that was announced late Tuesday.  Boston sends San Francisco minor league RHP Shaun Anderson and RHP Gregory Santos to complete the deal but obviously the fantasy baseball news centers on Nunez.  While Nunez in 2017 has not replicated the overall numbers that made him one of the very best values in all of fantasy baseball a year ago, he has been solid nonetheless in putting up the following:

.308
4 HR
31 RBI
37 R
18 SB

Now first off Nunez has become a victim of the truly brutal lineups the Giants have put out this season in their shockingly bad season.  However Nunez has also clearly been off the mark from his 2016 numbers without debate as his home runs, runs, RBI, and steals are all below last year's pace.  What we have to accept though is that as surprised as we were by what Nunez put out last season, they do look like outlier numbers compared to his career to that point.  So what can Nunez do in Boston?  Well he can continue to hit for average which he has ALWAYS done throughout his career (.280 or better each of the last two-plus seasons), plus steal bases and score some runs.  Nunez did hit 16 home runs last season so there is power and moving to Fenway Park will only help on that front.  Overall this is a plus deal for Nunez' fantasy baseball numbers the rest of the way and it also serves as a boost to the Red Sox as a whole.


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