The Yankees have announced that they have traded infielder Eduardo Nunez to the Minnesota Twins for minor league left-hander Miguel Sulbaran. The Nunez era in New York is officially over.
The Yankees designated Nunez for assignment last week to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Yangervis Solarte, who not only won the backup infield job over Nunez during the spring, but has been on a tear at the plate to begin the season.
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.
Many had hoped that he would one day take over for Derek Jeter as the Yankees' starting shortstop, but now he'll be starting the 2014 season in Triple-A for the Twins.
Sulbaran went from the Dodgers to the Twins in exchange for light-hitting backup catcher Drew Butera last season. He's not much of a top prospect, and while I'm sure the Yankees might have been able to do a little bit better with the return, I guess that getting rid of Nunie was good enough.
He's been ranked near the mid-20's on the Twins' top prospect list, and before the 2013 season, truebluela.com ranked him 31st in the Dodgers' organization.
The 5'10" left-hander was signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela in 2011.
"Listed at just 5’10" it’s hard to imagine that Miguel will ever turn into a big time prospect," the SB Nation site wrote last Arpil, "But reports are that has a low 90’s fastball to go along with a solid slider and curve so you never know."