This has been a pretty bad week for Eduardo Nunez.
Days after finding out he didn’t make the Yankees ball club, Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweets the Yankees have designated Nunez for assignment to open up a roster spot for Yangervis Solarte (who by the way now wears #26, Nunez’s old number).
Nunez was once projected to be Derek Jeter‘s replacement once Jeter retired. With Jeter retiring at the end of the year, the Yankees currently don’t see Nunez as the shortstop they envisioned. His offense regressed in Spring Training and there has been close to no improvement with his defense. With Nunez now designated for assignment, he can either go through waivers or the Yankees could trade him.
General Manager Brian Cashman spoke to the media about the decision to DFA Nunez and here’s what he said on the situation:
“Tough call, but he’s the way I went. It’s just a tough call. We thought through a lot of other different permutations but I think it’s best for right now to give him a new fresh start and we’ll see where that takes him. We’re allotted 10 days to make an assignment of his contract, so stay tuned.”
He was also asked what the Yankees didn’t see from Eduardo Nunez this Spring and this was how he responded:
“In this most recent spring, he had a good spring but we had other guys that had better ones. He possesses a great deal of talent and you can dream on him – and we have – as a potential every day shortstop in the big leagues. All that talent is still there and I think his versatility does provide for a great deal of choices as a player on a Major League roster. We’ll see what develops in the next 10 days.
“Obviously when we had him coming up through the system, he was someone that projected to be utilized as an everyday player in the big leagues. At 27 years old, that doesn’t mean that can’t still happen. We had that hope that maybe he could develop into something like that as a choice, and at worst a player that the manager in the Major Leagues could utilize different ways. Right now, we’re going to go a different direction and we wish him the best as we look through the next 10 days of making some decisions. So we’ll see.”