Nunez picked up his $5 million option with the Red Sox for 2019 on Thursday, Jason Mastrodonato of The Boston Herald reports. As expected, Nunez will be back in action for Boston next season after helping the club win the World Series this past month. Across eight postseason games, he went 5-for-26 with one home run and four RBI. In the regular season he hit .265 with a .677 OPS and 44 RBI in 127 games. Look for him to remain in a utility infielder role next year.
Nunez intends to pick up his $5 million option with the Red Sox in 2019, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports. Nunez will stick with the Red Sox for at least one more season after winning the World Series with Boston in 2018. The 31-year-old, who hit .265/.289/.388 with 10 homers and seven stolen bases in 127 games, will likely reprise his utility role in 2019.
Nunez is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Nunez is 3-for-10 with a three-run homer in the World Series, but even with a lefty on the bump for Los Angeles, he'll head to the bench for a night off. Perhaps his nagging injuries are in play for his absence, though they likely aren't a big issue given the gravity of the situation and the fact that he started in Game 4. Rafael Devers will start at third base in his place.
Nunez is not in Wednesday's lineup for Game 2 of the World Series versus the Dodgers, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Rafael Devers will once again start at third base even though a left-hander (Hyun-Jin Ryu) is set to pitch for Los Angeles. Ryu's reverse splits likely had some impact on manager Alex Cora's decision to keep Devers in the lineup. Nunez left Game 3 of the ALCS against Houston with an ankle injury and hasn't been in the starting lineup since, though he did enter Tuesday's contest and hit a massive three-run home run to help the Red Sox claim Game 1 of the Fall Classic.
Nunez (ankle) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. It's unclear if Nunez is still dealing with the ankle injury that kept him out of the final two games of the ALCS, but he'll give way to the hot-hitting Rafael Devers in this one. Devers is slashing .350/.409/.500 with one homer and seven RBI through six games this postseason.