Today the #Yankees acquired LHP Miguel Sulbaran from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for INF Eduardo Nunez.
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) April 7, 2014
Nunez has appeared for the Yanks in each of the past four seasons, playing 270 games in pinstripes and posting a career .267 average, 10 homers and 76 RBI in 752 at bats. Not eye popping numbers but Nunez’s issues seemed to come more in the field than at the plate, never really finding a home at any position; playing second base, shortstop, third base, left and right field.
Sulbaran, a left hander, has a career 3.15 ERA in 239 2/3 innings in the minor leagues. He was named named to the Twins top 20 prospects according to MLB.com, nor was he named to the Twins top 30 prospects by Baseball America, as per MLB Trade Rumors.com.
It seemed like a formality that Nunez would be moved at some point by the Yanks after he failed to make the opening day roster, with the team giving the last opening day roster spot to 26 year old rookie Yangervis Solarte (through seven games the move looks like a stroke of genius by GM Brian Cashman, but that is a different story). However, I was under the impression the Yanks would be able to bring back a better return for him. I wasn’t expecting an impact player or top prospect for Nunez, but he has shown that he is a capable bat off of the bench, so expecting a top 30 prospect from another organization didn’t seem like too much to ask in return for him.