There is finally some movement in the forever stagnant free agent fraternity with spring training fully underway across baseball, as Thursday has brought not only the signing of pitcher of Andrew Cashner by the Baltimore Orioles but also the Boston Red Sox bringing back utility infielder Eduardo Nunez on a one-year deal. While terms are not disclosed as of yet, Nunez' returning to Boston keeps his in a prime ballpark in terms of offensive potency. The plan is for Nunez to be the starting second baseman for the Red Sox until Dustin Pedroia comes back from winter surgery and when the latter returns, he could slide into a utility role that includes starts in the infield and outfield. In terms of numbers, Nunez put up the following numbers a year ago:*****PICK UP YOUR COPY OF THE FANTASY SPORTS BOSS 2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT GUIDE: EARLY OFFSEASON EDITION ON AMAZON. USE THE LINK BELOW TO PURCHASE.*****
This marks the second straight season Nunez had a nice fantasy baseball campaign going back to his 2016 breakout with the Minnesota Twins when he hit .288 with 16 home runs and 40 steals. Still just 30, Nunez seems poised for another 10-14 home runs season with 25-plus steals. Nunez has terrific contact skills and draws walks at a high clip which will always help him hit .300 and he is severely underrated in terms of his power/speed game and eligibility all over the diamond. He should be heavily targeted in drafts this spring as a result.