The Red Sox released Nunez on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. After designating Nunez for assignment earlier this week, the Red Sox were unable to find any takers on the trade market for the utility man, and no teams were willing to put in a waiver claim for his services, either. Since Nunez had more than five years' worth of MLB service time, he had the ability to refuse an outright assignment to the minors, which likely factored into the team's decision to cut him loose. Nunez should at the very least land a minor-league deal with another organization that includes an opt-out clause in the near future if none of the league's other 29 teams is willing to sign him to an MLB deal for the minimum.
Nunez was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Monday. The move may be somewhat unexpected, but it's hard to say it wasn't deserved. Nunez's .265/.289/.388 slash line last season was poor enough, but he hit a new low this season, posting a .228/.243/.305 slash line. He could still provide fantasy owners a handful of steals if he lands with a team that gives him regular playing time, but his bat may have deteriorated to the point where that's unlikely. Sam Travis was called up in a corresponding move.
Nunez will start at second base and bat eighth Sunday against the Yankees. He'll enter the lineup for the fourth time in five games with fellow second baseman Brock Holt (leg) sitting out the series finale in London. Though Nunez has recorded 10 hits in 30 at-bats over his last 11 games, he's still batting a lowly .235 on the campaign.
Nunez went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Monday's 6-5 win over the White Sox. Both of Nunez's RBI singles tied the game, first at 2-2 in the fifth inning and later at 5-5 in the eighth. It was just his third multi-RBI performance since the start of May, giving him 17 on the season alongside a .241 batting average.
Nunez entered Wednesday's game after Rafael Devers left with a hamstring injury. He went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and scored a run in a 9-4 win over the Twins. Devers downplayed the injury following the game and, with the team's off day Thursday, could return for Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays. If Devers needs more time, Nunez is expected to be the primary fill-in at third base.