Designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday, infielder Eduardo Nunez has been drawing some interest in the trade front, according to a few media reports around the web.
When the Yanks DFA'd him the other day, they were given 10 days to either trade him, release him, or send him through waivers. Regardless of how it gets done, the Nunez era in the Bronx is likely over.
No matter how it happens, George King of the NY Post believes that Nunez will be moved by the Yanks before the end of the 10 day period.
According to ESPN's Marley Rivera, the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners are among the teams interested in trading for the once high-thought-of Yankees shortstop. The Mariners had a lot of interest in getting Nunez as part of the Cliff Lee deal a few years back, but the Yankees said no, so you would imagine that their interest comes as no surprise.
The Astros are a young team in the middle of a rebuilding phases, but have a ton of infield talent coming up through the minor leagues, so I wouldn't think that acquiring Nunez is a high priority for them.
And for what it's worth, Mike Puma of the NY Post was told that the Mets have not discussed the possibility of trading for Nunez, even though they really dislike Ruben Tejada.
Nunez, 26, has hit .267/.313/.379 in parts of four seasons with the Yankees. He's always had the ability to perform well at the plate when he's on, but in the field, he's a train wreck, and that's where the Yankees don't mind losing him.
No matter how hard he's work, and he's put in a lot of time in the field over the past few years to improve his defense, it just hasn't gotten anywhere near the level a big league shortstop should be.
The fact that the Yankees would DFA at this particular time was a little surprising. With Brendan Ryan on the DL to start the season, the Yankees are a little scarce on middle-infield depth. Dean Anna is currently serving as Derek Jeter's backup, with Yangervis Solarte as the emergency backup. Carmen Angelini is now the starting shortstop in Triple-A, according to Chad Jennings, after Addison Maruszak was released yesterday, according to Donnie Collins.
A return to the Yankees isn't completely impossible. If he were to somehow slip through waivers, he would be sent to Triple-A to start the season. He could always work his back into getting the Yankees' trust back, or just enough that someone finds him worth trading for.