Eduardo Nunez had a true breakout campaign in 2016, setting career highs in home runs (16), RBI (67) and stolen bases (40) while slashing a combined .288/.325/.432 with the Twins and the Giants. After never topping 338 plate appearances in his six-year career, Minnesota unearthed an All-Star infielder and dealt him to the west coast in exchange for pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia. Nunez proved that his first half wasn't a fluke, continuing his success (albeit with slightly less pop) after joining a contender midseason. A hamstring injury in late September derailed his season and rendered the third baseman useless during the Giants' postseason run. The injury isn't serious in nature, and he should be good to go by the time spring training rolls around. With the Giants' 2016 Opening Day third baseman, Matt Duffy, being dealt to Tampa Bay, the Giants are positioned to lean on Nunez as their starter at the hot corner in 2017. Though some of the plate numbers may dip a bit, his ability to steal bags remains real, and potentially elite.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he expects Nunez to play shortstop in some games this season, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The 29-year-old spent the latter part of 2016 as the Giants everyday third baseman, although it's interesting to hear this nugget from Bochy given the fact that former-All Star Brandon Crawford is expected to eat up the bulk of the innings at that position. Nonetheless, this could help to boost Nunez's value if he can amass enough games there, especially given the expansive talent pool across the league at the hot corner.
Nunez agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million deal with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. He is coming off a huge year, but as it was his first year with regular playing time since 2011, he would not have been handsomely rewarded in the arbitration process. Nunez enters 2016 as the Giants' everyday third baseman. He should hit in the back half of the lineup.
Nunez (hamstring) is not in the lineup Tuesday for Game 4 of the Giants' NLDS matchup with the Cubs. Nunez was able to pinch hit Monday for the third time in three games, but he is apparently still not feeling good enough to play a full nine innings. Conor Gillaspie will get another start at third base Tuesday night.
Nunez (hamstring) is on the team's NLDS roster, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Manager Bruce Bochy had already stated that Nunez would not be ready in time for Friday's Game 1, but his inclusion on the roster indicates the team expects to have him ready at some point in the series. Conor Gillaspie, who played the hero in San Francisco's Wild Card game, figures to continue filling in at third base until Nunez's hamstring injury subsides enough to return.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Nunez (hamstring) will not be ready for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cubs, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Nunez was unable to play in the Giants' Wild Card win over the Mets due to a hamstring issue, and it's clear that the ailment is still bothering as he will not start Friday. Bochy noted that Nunez could still wind up on the NLDS roster, but added that no formal decision has been made. A further update on Nunez's status figures to be made available once the Giants release their roster, but look for Conor Gillaspie to start at third base for at least Game 1.