Braves Interested In Trading For Eduardo Nunez

The Braves are looking to add offense this winter, and John Harper of The New York Daily News reports that they let the Yankees know they'd be interested in trading for shortstop Eduardo Nunez last week.

“They need offense," said Harper's source. "They need a shortstop because they don’t want to bring [Alex]  Gonzalez back, and they like Nunez a lot. They know the jury is out on him defensively, but they think his offense is strong enough that he could move to the outfield if he can’t be their long-term answer at short.”

Atlanta did not discuss Jair Jurrjens or any specific players on their side with the Yankees, and they also showed interest in Nunez last winter. The 24-year-old infielder hit .265/.313/.385 with five homers in 338 plate appearances this past year, stealing 22 bases in 28 tries as well.

Nunez played short and third base primarily last season, getting regular at-bats when Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez hit the disabled list at different times of the summer. He also saw time at second base and occasionally filled in at the corner outfield spots. Nunez committed 20 errors in his limited time, most coming on throws, so his ability to play the left side of the infield on an everyday basis is still in question.


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279 Comments on "Braves Interested In Trading For Eduardo Nunez"


notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

you and everybo–ok no, just you. good luck with that

John
3 years 9 months ago

Ok just stfu

HTF
3 years 9 months ago

I love the Swisher, Nunez, and Prospect for JJ idea that the writer throws out there. Do it, Frank. 

Jonathan Gallo
3 years 9 months ago

A lot of Yankee fans are not hot on JJ and neither am I.
I would be willing to do a Swisher and Nunez deal for someone else though.

3 years 9 months ago

i’d do swish and nunez for terehan thats about it

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

Swish, Nunez, and Cano for Uggla+Teheran maybe

3 years 9 months ago

ok the yankees would not give up the best 2B in baseball for uggla. thats a no brainer that it would NEVER in a million years happen. Uggla is old as for cano who hasnt even reached his prime and is belting 30+ hr’s

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

That’s as crazy as you guys asking for Teheran.  Neither one is gonna happen.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

cano is going to be the face of the franchise in the next few years. He pretty much is right now.

tomymogo
3 years 9 months ago

Well the Braves are not giving one of best pitching prospects then

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

I think the fact that you think the Yanks would trade Cano for an unproven starting pitching prospect is hilarious and speaks volumes of how you clearly don’t understand the Yanks perspective. First, they’re not dealing Cano. If they were they would absolutely demand a PROVEN starter that they could have for at least 2 years. 

When the Yanks trade a PROVEN all-star in their prime (which seldom happens) then it’s a completely different situation than when other teams do the same. In most cases other teams are trading their stars because they are either rebuilding, can’t afford him or feel that they will be unable to resign him/extend him and they are headed towards free agency.

tomymogo
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not suggesting they would trade Cano, there is no way. And Teheran won’t be traded unless is somebody like Cano

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

And the Yankees, who are in search of a top of rotation starter, would trade their All-Star 2b and best hitter for Uggla and an unproven pitcher because….???? The fact that they would even shop Uggla for another 2b speaks volumes. You are truly not dealing on solid ground.

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

this topic is starting to make my head hurt… 

3 years 9 months ago

The Braves could do infinitely better than getting back Swisher and Nunez if they were willing to include Teheran in a package.

They’re not going to trade him, but Teheran is a blue chip prospect that would headline a deal for a major star.  That return would be mental.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

I agree.

3 years 9 months ago

yes matt cain lol

Jonathan Gallo
3 years 9 months ago

How about Nosei, Swisher, Nunez for Minor?

HTF
3 years 9 months ago

Our FO loves Minor. We aren’t trading him. Jair is the guy they want to trade. 

I’m all for a Swisher-JJ straight up swap. I just want Swish. 

3 years 9 months ago

Yes.  Swisher for JJ.  Straight up. If you want to throw Nunez in there, fine, but a lot of these Braves rumors are just stupid.  Especially the Prado rumors.  It’s annoying as hell.

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

if escobar was moved because he had character issues and was an annoyance in the club house and you want swisher, you clearly have not researched swish much

3 years 9 months ago

swisher has been good in the clubhouse for the yankees. always happy. im guessing your prob a white sox fan, as he did not like playing for guillen. as soon as he went to NY he had a better attitude.

tomymogo
3 years 9 months ago

There is a huge difference. With Yunel, it go to the point were it looked like he just didn’t care, everybody in the team hated him, so Frank traded him. It was a culture issue, he being Cuban was playing how he was taught, Swish would fit anywhere

HTF
3 years 9 months ago

Swish is white. He’ll fit in Atlanta just fine. 

csg
3 years 9 months ago

You dont give up several years of a cost controlled pitcher like JJ for a one year rental of Nick Swisher.

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

It’s 2 years of JJ.  Not several.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

I have no problem with the Braves’ FO loving Minor. However, he was very unimpressive GB% (36%) and has a mediocre FB (91 mph) and pitches in the NL. He does have age and being a lefty on his side, but I don’t see him as being any better than a #3 type, and he’s an unproven one at that. Not the kind of trade the Yanks would make in order to better their playoff/WS hopes.

3 years 9 months ago

“Our FO loves Minor. We aren’t trading him.”

The exact same thing was said about Jordan Schafer right up until he was traded.  Let’s be real here, Mike Minor is no Julio Teheran and is far from untouchable, especially for the right asking price.

atlbravosfan11
3 years 9 months ago

haha. schafer has been far from “untouchable” since he failed a drug test a few years ago.

3 years 9 months ago

Never said Schafer was untouchable or shouldn’t have been traded.  I’ll be the first to tell you I jumped for joy and praised the heavens the day he was traded. 

I saw the press conference they held for him after that HGH incident……the phoniest apology (if you want to call it that) I have ever seen in my life.  He was a pompous @$$ before it happened and was an even bigger one after it happened.  He acted very cavalier about it and like the situation was no big deal to him. His “apology” came off was that he was sorry he got caught, not he was sorry he got involved in something truly stupid and moronic. I’m glad he’s gone and no longer the Braves problem and pity Houston for having to deal with him now.

3 years 9 months ago

that much for one guy? Minor could be good, but idk. maybe with prado in the mix or bourne. bourne will prob be gone after 2012 due to FA and him wanting alot of money, as for swisher who is signed already. bourne would be good fit for yankee stadium as he is a lefty with some pop. plus would be a good speed piece to put either 9th in the line up or 1st

Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

Michale Bourn?  He doesn’t have any pop to really speak of…

tomymogo
3 years 9 months ago

The undervaluing around here is getting ridiculous. Bourn is a gold glove CF and a premier leadoff hitter who steals 60 bags a year. Boras represents him, and he is gonna get like 12 mill per year

Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not undervaluing him, I think he’s a terrific player.  I love a .350 OBP and 60 SB, I was just pointing out that he doesn’t really possess much power.  

3 years 9 months ago

i deff agree with that. prospect being someone like betances or benuellos. because the yanks are never going to bring em up let them go somewhere and pitch

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

lol, no. I really don’t see cash trading betances, let alone manny.

MikhelB
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, it is not like the Yankees would need pitchers… besides you don’t even know how to spell Bañuelos! LOL

3 years 9 months ago

Yanks don’t want jurjens no chance

James DeMott
3 years 9 months ago

Wow. Why in God’s name would you do this? A-Gon needs to come back fro at least another year…then hopefully Pastornicky is ready and he’s definitely an improvement over Eduardo Nunez. 

3 years 9 months ago

If the Braves want a guy who can play all the infield positions, some outfield, and hit .263 while hitting 5 homers…they have Martin Prado. What exactly is the upside of a trade for someone you essentially already have?

3 years 9 months ago

you gonna knock  a guy who hit 5 hrs while basically playing rotating utility? really? nunez is capable of hitting 20 hr and 50 sbs 

HTF
3 years 9 months ago

In Yankee stadium maybe. That equates to about .25 homers in Turner Field. 

Vmmercan
3 years 9 months ago

Nunez is a righty. Your joke isn’t even factual.

3 years 9 months ago

yeah how would his hr’s account for yankee stadium? being a righty its further at the stadium. and hes a pull ball hitter. now if he was a redsox player then that would factor into the equation but hes not.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 9 months ago

It’s still 318 feet down the LF line in Yankee Stadium. Turner Field is 335 feeet down the line.

SouthPawRyno
3 years 9 months ago

 since when were jokes factual?

LordD99
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, but against NL pitching that equates to 64 HRs for Nunez.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 9 months ago

Nunez hasn’t even hit over 9 HRs during his minor league career stint. Maybe 15 at most if he gains some strength but no more than that probably.

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

Warmer weather also makes the ball carry in Hotlanta.

Ryan Cothran
3 years 9 months ago

Nunez hit 30HR in nearly 3000 Minor League ABs and you think he’s capable of hitting 20 in a year?  Wow…

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

Prado can’t play SS.  I think Pastornicky could take Prado’s role and do it cheaper personally.  Play 2B/SS/LF

3 years 9 months ago

nunez could play 3B once Chipper gets hurt again, which he will

tomymogo
3 years 9 months ago

he makes 5 million, and doesn’t allow them to pursue more offense

hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 9 months ago

Dear Cashman: Please don’t trade with the Braves again.

Jonathan Gallo
3 years 9 months ago

In an indirect way we did get Dante Bichette Jr. for Arodys.

3 years 9 months ago

agreed

3 years 9 months ago

Hahahhaa that’s an excellent way to put it. 

3 years 9 months ago

JJ or minor would be good. it wouldnt be another Vazquez as it was a mistake already because they saw he fell apart the first time

Chipper_is_GOD
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, lets bring him in. Makes sense. /sarcasm.

I’d do it if and only if Nick Swisher was included

jennaboo1
3 years 9 months ago

Uh, gonzo sucks, I don’t want his non-bat back.

Chipper_is_GOD
3 years 9 months ago

Me either.

I think we should trade Jurrjens for this Nunez guy and Nick Swisher. Nunez could start a SS until Pastornicky got called up. And Swisher could start in LF and give Prado his utility role back. And when Pastornicky got called up, Nunez could be a utility SS, since Prado can’t play SS.

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

JJ alone won’t cut it.  In a realistic world JJ+Prado would, though it would be a slight overpay (though it makes sense to overpay)

Nunez would go to 3B once Chipper retired, and I think Simmons will end up the SS of the future for the Braves, not Pastornicky, which is why I keep pegging Pastornicky as a utility guy.

3 years 9 months ago

come on yankees do the trade, throw in another player maybe betances and bring in jurijens. try to pry away a starter cashman. they wanted nunez since last year, and sorry brave fans but he is alittle bit more of an upgrade then gonzalez. plus their thinking since they may trade prado or if chipper gets hurt again. nunez can play anywhere. i think with nunez and maybe romine or one of their prospect pitchers for jurijens can work. maybe even swisher to play left field lol.

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

why would the yankees trade one of their top pitching prospects for jurjens, who has shown signs of regressing faster than anyone thought and his pitching style would not work in yankee stadium.

austinhb
3 years 9 months ago

He had one of his best years last year, with his loss of velocity came better control, he talked about how he was sacrificing velocity for location and movement using a new grip he learned from Jonny Venters, i don’t know where you are getting this “Regressing fast” nonsense

3 years 9 months ago

Jurrjens was the leading ccandidate for the Cy at the break last year…then he got hurt.  He still ended up with a sub 3.00 ERA.

TimotheusATL
3 years 9 months ago

congratulations on knowing absolutely nothing about jair jurrjens and just spouting the same “lol nobody can pitch in yankee stadium” rhetoric that every other clueless fake sabermetrics guy does.

bravesdude
3 years 9 months ago

‘ jurjens, who has shown signs of regressing faster than anyone thought ‘

And regressing is how he made the AS team last year right ?

3 years 9 months ago

sure why not jesus montero for a bag of balls while your at it

3 years 9 months ago

keep smoking that crack bro betances for JJ please… betances is worth a hell of alot more than JJ

3 years 9 months ago

wow.  you have no idea what you’re talking about.  You mean the Betances who’s 6’8″ and fat and has had TJ surgery already?  You mean the Betances who’s career BB:K ratio is 491:205?  You mean that Betances?  Is worth more than a 26 year old All-Star?  Yeah, right.  Yankee fans.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 9 months ago

You should really gets your stats correct.  Braves fans.

austinhb
3 years 9 months ago

everyone should stop generalizing fans based on 1 misinformed fan.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 9 months ago

You mean the way the individual to which I was responding did to Yankee fans?  

austinhb
3 years 9 months ago

I mean to both

3 years 9 months ago

care to prove my misinformation?  or are you just being douchey?

austinhb
3 years 9 months ago

wow someone is defensive, I am a Braves fan I am just saying people shouldn’t take one fans opinion as the consensus for the whole fan base.

austinhb
3 years 9 months ago

and lol I wasn’t even replying to you, i was talking to too many idiots, LOL

3 years 9 months ago

prove my facts wrong.  if you can’t, which you can’t, then shut it, Yanker.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 9 months ago

Read for yourself.

link to baseball-reference.com

So, I guess I can prove you wrong.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

betances is fat? 260lbs at 6’8? reaching a bit for something stupid to say huh?

Brv Rocks
3 years 9 months ago

Quit giving Braves fans a bad name.  Betances is a great prospect and there is no way the Yankees would trade him for Jair Jurrjens.  JJ is a great guy but he would get destroyed in the AL East.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Funny how Braves fans overvalue their own and then discredit others. I have NO problem if you have doubts about Bets…none. He has control issues. I just HATE when ppl speak of things as if they are facts.

a) He never had TJ surgery.

b) 6’8 and 245 is fat?

c) The ONLY thing keeping him from being a top 5-10 pitching prospect is his control. He knocks out an avg of over 10/9 IP and if he learns better control he can easily be a front of rotation quality pitcher.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

They also say tall players take a long time to develop because their mechanics are so hard to nail down.

3 years 9 months ago

a.) yes, he did.

b.) he’s 260 now.  at 23.  that’s fat.

c.) only thing keeping him from being top-5 is control.  and how many pitcher have we said that about?  and how many actually do it?

moustacheman
3 years 9 months ago

Seriously?  Do you not go to the gym, muscle weighs more than fat?  At 6’8 260 isn’t fat… Have you seen him?  You sound so ignorant. 

Every Scout says he has electric stuff, his command is a huge issue BUT as the commenter above correctly stated, tall pitchers have a harder time getting their mechanics in order (See Randy Johnson).

Betances is no sure thing, no prospect is… but he does have immense value due to his insanely high ceiling.  Oh and ya, please check your facts.

Too Many Idiots
3 years 9 months ago

He did not have TJS. He had a ligament reinforcement surgery.  And he’s 255.

erm016
3 years 9 months ago

Can we get a spam filter for stupid rumors posted on this site? Come back when it’s something legit.

3 years 9 months ago

yankees aren’t going to trade nunez… arod plays 100 games a season and jeter is getting old.. Seems odd to trade your depth for a SP who’s lost 5 mph on his fastball.. His xfip suggest he had a really lucky year as well

jennaboo1
3 years 9 months ago

Every Year I hear he had a “lucky” year, and every year he has a good year, (minus injury year 2010) Maybe he is a lucky guy, Or maybe xfip doesn’t work. 

bravesdude
3 years 9 months ago

If it was luck , then his ‘luck’ is getting better every year .

There are many flaws with these new advanced stats they have out now to describe how well a player performs or how well he is ‘suppose’ to perform . Wish we could just go back to looking at the older stats like OPS and batting average , ERA , W-L and OBP .

I think some of these ‘advanced’ stats are somewhat skewed . I know that the W-L speaks to the overall affect of the team behind the pitcher and not just the pitcher . But I do think that the ERA and W-L speaks to how good is that pitcher at keeping his team in games . A pitcher doesn’t have to dominate another team to be effective . He just has to throw that other team off just enough , or fool , to get themselves out .

I think this is the group where Jurrjens falls into . He may not dazzle you with his velocity or movement . But he knows how to pitch to get hitters out . And he did throw a few fastballs that were 92-93 MPH last year . He just threw them when he needed to . As stated before by others , the drop in velocity was intentional to have a better command of his pitches , which this last year proved with a drop from 3.1BB’s a game in 2010 to 2.6BB’s a game last year .

All these other non-Braves bloggers have to keep in mind that he was ‘arguably’ the best pitcher in the NL at the AS break . Josh Johnson had gotten hurt , but was the only starting pitcher in the NL with an ERA lower than Jair’s . And the Braves don’t have to trade him . It would be nice to do so to open up another spot for for one of the younger studs . But unless Wren gets a deal in return that is a definite upgrade to the team , a deal won’t be done .

If we were to deal with the Yanks , I personally would try for Jair+(Hoover or B+ prospect) for Nunez and Swish . If that one falls through , then maybe Jair+Diaz+Redding/Spruill for Nunez+Swish .

3 years 9 months ago

clearly Braves & Yanks trades haven’t worked at all in recent history.  Neither team should do it to themselves. 

3 years 9 months ago

Since the Yankees will end up prying away Brian McCann from us two off-seasons from now we might as well ask for Jorge Posada right…………

3 years 9 months ago

umm posada isnt a yankee anymore or did you not get that memo?

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

Yankees have a little guy named Gary Sanchez. Look it up… We don’t need catchers.

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 9 months ago

Pretty sure Posada is a free agent…Cervelli maybe?

griffister
3 years 9 months ago

Posada’s a free agent so have at him.

griffister
3 years 9 months ago

Posada is a free agent so he’s all yours

Brv Rocks
3 years 9 months ago

Dream on.  Mac is a Brave for life.  Look for a long term extension sometime this winter.

Chintastic
3 years 9 months ago

can we also look for 104 stolen bases allowed next year? mac’s weak arm and defense in general makes him a DH sooner than later. however i’m sure the braves will give him an extension while opposing players steal at will!

bravesdude
3 years 9 months ago

Good job looking at the defensive side of McCann when it’s his offense that makes him one of , if not the best , catchers in baseball . Oh and he has also been an AS the last six years straight and a silver slugger 5 of the last 6 years .

roberty
3 years 9 months ago

Nunez would be great as a backup third baseman and shortstop. 

3 years 9 months ago

Which is what the Braves already have…?

roberty
3 years 9 months ago

Do you mean Brandon Hicks?

alxn
3 years 9 months ago

I feel bad for Braves fans who see Pastornicky as a SS of the future. He’s been terribly mediocre his entire minor league career, other than a hot streak at the end of last year. I hope I’m wrong, but I can’t imagine him being more than a solid utility player. And no, he’s not better than Nunez. 

NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 months ago

Totally baseless rumor coming out of yet another questionable NYC newspaper article…not buying it one bit

LUWahooNatFan
3 years 9 months ago

Call me crazy.. But how much of an offensive upgrade is a SS who’s minor league career OPS is .687

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Form your own opinion of Nunez, I have no problem with that. However, if you’re going to do that then use his AA and AAA stats from his age 22 (09) and 23 (’10) seasons when he averaged an OPS around .750. I think he can be a solid .280 BA, .340 OBP, 10-15 hr and 25-30 SB guy.

3 years 9 months ago

If the Yankees could get Jair Jurrjens for a package leading with Eduardo Nunez just give Brian Cashman the GM of the year award right there.  Nunez isn’t good and he doesn’t project to be any more than an average MLB starting shortstop.  Jurrjens just came off an All Star season and is a more than solid pitcher, #2 starter on the Yankees easily.

BLEACHER_CREATURD
3 years 9 months ago

He has hit well when he gets a chance. He can also steal bases. Cano wasn’t expected to be anything special either.

grownice
3 years 9 months ago

 LOL CreaTURD

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

This is a good matchup for both teams and most of the people on here don’t know what they are talking about. Nunez is a legit player, actually has all the tools and 80% of his errors (all throwing) came in the first few weeks of playing this season, primarily as the back-up. Once he started playing more frequently, that dropped significantly. Even many scouts asked about this in the past and now agree this is not a problem and he will greatly improve. He’s a pretty complete young player. 

I think there is something definitely there if they consider moving Swisher also. These would be two huge pieces for the Braves. I’m not sold on Jurrjens, but Teheran is an something worth considering.  

For the Yanks, they get an arm and they go out and sign Cespedes. 

Scary version is they could still package Montero, Betances, and Almonte for Gio and move AJ Burnett and $18mm of his contract to the Padres, Pirates, or others.

CC
G. Gonzalez
Nova
Teheran
Hughes

Sign F. Garcia to another 1 year contract for depth

Warren, Phelps, Mitchell, Banuelos (late 2012)

Good night.

3 years 9 months ago

I think his fielding will improve but offensively, even in the minors, Nunez isn’t a big bat.

commenter3346
3 years 9 months ago

The Braves aren’t going to give the Yankees Teheran, their number one prospect, for a 1 year rental of Nick Swisher & Eduardo Nunez.

Jeff
3 years 9 months ago

You’re not getting Teheran period.  It’s going to be JJ (maybe with Prado) or nothing, and the Braves can wait.

As much as you guys hated Vasquez, you guys stuck us with Melky, which was worse.

3 years 9 months ago

Melky had 200 hits with the Royals last year.

Ryan Cothran
3 years 9 months ago

He must have eaten about 100 of those hits when he was with us.  What does Jeff’s point have to do with what Melky did for the Braves?

BaseballLogic_Braves
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, he had 200 hits with the ROYALS (*not the Braves*) last year. -_-

Conner Miller
3 years 9 months ago

I agree with you this is a good match up, but Teheran will not be traded and if he was you would not have the prospects to get Gio because the Braves would destroy your system for him. 

JJ is up for sale because they want to open up a whole for the young guns, not because they think he is bad but because they can do it cheaper. Now thats not to say that Delgado and Minor are not possible trade candidates, but its going to cost you more than it will for JJ (yes more than for the all-star) because they are trying to save money. You will have to blow them away to get one of the young pitchers, meanwhile a reasonable deal will get JJ.

Thats what all of you fans have to understand who keep throwing out Teheran’s name, he aint for sell and if he was most of your teams couldn’t afford him, or at least it would be stupid to do it. 

roberty
3 years 9 months ago

He just saw Teherans name on the top prospects list and thought it sounded cool. 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

I think it’s as stupid to think Swisher for Teheran is a fair trade as it is for Braves’ fans to think Teheran is worth Montero, Banuelos and others.

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

Teheran for Montero straight up!

roberty
3 years 9 months ago

I would consider it if the Braves didn’t already have Brian McCann.

3 years 9 months ago

you think you’re getting Teheran?????

wow.  just.  wow.