Eduardo Nunez

Send Me Your Hitless, Your Gloveless, Your Rockies….

The Yankees like players who have been let go by Colorado. Remember who caught the last out in 1996? Why none other than Charlie Hayes (Rockie 1993 and 1994). Who came off the scrap heap to go 7-3 with a 2.85ERA in 2005? Shawn Chacon (Rockie 2001 to 2005) Why this season alone we have Jason Nix (Rockie 2008) and Chris Nelson (DFA’ed by the Rockies this year.) So the acquisition of Reid Brignac from Colorado shouldn’t be a surprise. Brignac was acquired for $75,000 and comes onto the roster in place of Alberto (I was never a Rockie) Gonzalez.

It’s not a bad move. Gonzalez was a fine fielder (and a decent mopup reliever) but he was a no-hitting shortstop. In his place comes Brignac, who can’t hit either, but can play anywhere on the infield besides first and even in the outfield in a pinch. So more positional flexibility for $75,000 is a trade you have to make.

The person who should worry in my mind is Eduardo Nunez. He hasn’t hit a lick this year and hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Lyle Overbay has been a very nice pickup, but the Yankees can’t really carry him, Hafner and Teixeira on the same roster unless they have some other guys on the bench who can cover a lot of positions. In Nix and Brignac, you suddenly have that. So maybe Nunez gets sent back to Scranton when he is healthy enough to play with the mandate to show some offensive chops if he want back in the majors?

Then of course the Rockies might DFA another guy tomorrow, so we should probably just wait and see.

 

The $45-Million Question

Who comes back and plays for the Yankees first in 2013- Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez?

This is now a legitimate question because Derek Jeter has another ankle fracture and won’t be back until after the All-Star Break at the earliest. He took about four months off to heal the original fracture and didn’t really do much for a month after that, so I wouldn’t hold your breath for a July return.

So, Eduardo Nunez is now the everyday shortstop and the Yankees are going to find out if that is a good thing or a bad thing. On the good side, Nunez is playing a lot better defensively this year. On the bad, his bat hasn’t done anything. (Small sample size in both cases.) The problem is, if Nunez flops then what? Nix isn’t going to hit more than Nunez and Gil Velazquez (Scranton’s SS) is a career minor-leaguer who has .246/.308/.329 in 16 seasons in the minors. I don’t think there is any good answer at this point so the Yankees will just have to make do as they have been so far this season.